Sustainability, Reproducibility, Accessibility.

Ben Schmidt, March 29, 2015

Three of the grand questions surrounding digital scholarship are:

  1. Sustainability: Will the project last for years as does an article? Does it matter if it, like a book, can remain theoretically readable for centuries?
  2. Reproducibility: When it makes research claims dependent on underlying algorithms, is it possible for the algorithms to be interrogated or altered?
  3. Accessibility: Is it structured in a way that, in practice or in theory, allows the greatest possible number of people to take advantage of it, regardless of institutional/national affiliation, physical disability, ability to pay, or operating ecosystem?

Bookworm is challenged on several of these levels, so I want to talk about

  1. The advantages of the project from the standpoint of accessibility, sustainability, and reproducibility, and
  2. Some of the ways we can start overcomoing long-term challenges of sustainability in particular.

Here are our sins, by each of the headers:

  1. As an indexing project that allows for multifaceted views into an archive, it relies heavily on a server-API architecture to actually be running for any results to be accessible. For the medium term, I believe it is appropriate to hope that