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Baptists in Burma: collaboratively mapping missionary archives

Joshua Finnell (Denison University, Granville, Ohio, USA)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 8 February 2016




The purpose of this case study is to discuss and analyze the process of developing and sustaining a multi-institutional digital humanities projects across several institutions.


This case study will provide an overview of a multi-institutional digital humanities project from the planning phase to implementation. In particular, this case study will discuss identifying institutional partners, collaborating with a design, designing for curricular integration and best practices for sustaining a project of this size and scope.


Sustainable collaboration develops slowly over time. Communication and consensus-building are key components to completing and sustaining a multi-institutional digital project. Scalable design is a crucial step in planning for project expansion.


Though many journal articles articulate “best practices” for collaboration among geographically dispersed institutions, very few case studies discuss “best practices” within the context of project development, from initial idea to completion.



Finnell, J. (2016), "Baptists in Burma: collaboratively mapping missionary archives", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 11-30.



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