Keeping Data Alive Supporting reuse & repurposing of 3D data in the humanities



Perhaps the greatest challenge for this projects system is the creation of an active user community. While the documentation and code produced here are primarily aimed at librarians and digital research center staff seeking to develop a repository, the primary audience of the tool itself is the research community. For this audience, a single central repository with a large user base provides the greatest benefits, as models would be more likely to be reused across multiple projects, leading to intellectually interesting considerations of divergent trajectories in scenes. As discussed below, to create an active user community, a clean user interface and automation of many of the metadata and paradata steps is essential.

To publicize the KDA project, we have presented on the project at three professional venues. In the early stages of the project, we presented the project goals and objectives at Forum I of Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP) in St. Louis, MO. Next,we presented on initial project outcomes at DH 2018-the Digital Humanities Conference in Mexico City in July, 2018. In November (2018), the Library of Congress invited us to present the KDA project at a workshop on Digital Stewardship of Intrinsic 3D Data in Washington, DC. At each of these events, we grew our audience and developed potential new project collaborators for future work. Additionally, we have created the KDA Project website to engage a broader audience, provide materials for potential users, and to continue to disseminate project results.