Development

Huber Digital provides web development with a difference. Our academic support background means we:

  • focus on good data and metadata;
  • focus on sustainability, not primarily the latest flashy interface (though we love good design);
  • focus on standards and minimal computing, not on expensive infrastructure and unnecessary technology layers;
  • focus on academic outputs, citability, and longevity.

We know that academic projects are not always funded, and that where they are, the funding may be tight. For an unfunded project, we will give a free initial consultation, which can be followed up by very competitively priced advice aimed at enabling the researcher to do the work themselves.

What People Say

[The Thomas Gray Archive is] quickly becoming an indispensable resource and an exemplary use of digital technologies in the humanities.

Hazel Wilkinson

The Gray Archive is certainly a treasure all scholars should utilise and reach for.

Anthony Walker-Cook

BSECS 2018 Digital Prize winner: Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive was the best digital resource supporting eighteenth-century studies.

BSECS Prizes and awards

Principles of our Work

  • we understand and are used to working with humanities data, which is often underspecified or incomplete;
  • we embrace open sustainable community standards, guidelines, and documentation;
  • we conduct our projects with citability, longevity, and sustainability in mind from the start: scholarship, whether print or digital, has no expiry date;
  • we follow the recommendations for open standards, open access, and open licensing for research wherever it is appropriate;
  • we offer free advice to projects looking for guidance in particular areas to ensure good practice is adopted from the outset (it is in our and everybody’s interest to do so);
  • we understand that your research data and research questions are more important than technology, we have no intention to bore you with tech-talk;
  • we focus on effective, accessible, no-nonsense Web design;
  • we understand that accessibility of delivery platforms and interfaces isn’t optional;
  • we make our projects Endings-compliant (https://projectendings.github.io/), so they can have a long happy life without the constant threat of obsolescence looming over them;
  • we provide advice on planning your projects with a view of letting them grow and flourish past the initial grant-period or promise of institutional support (independent branding/hosting, outreach, community-involvement, follow-up events, collaboration, follow-on research paths, etc.)

Our Skills

  • digitization best practice (from selection to delivery);
  • text encoding using standards (TEI, EAD, XML technologies);
  • metadata standards, including Linked Open Data;
  • digital imaging, image manipulation and delivery, IIIF;
  • standards-based responsive web design (HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript);
  • Digital Humanities tools (imaging software, editing tools, statistical analysis tools, NLP tools, visualization, and knowledge modelling tools);
  • backend support (hosting/servers/domains/SSL);
  • middleware/tools and languages (perl, python, R);
  • multi-platform support (Windows, Mac, Linux);
  • adaptation of open-source software and bespoke software development.

Let’s build something together.