Development

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

  • focus on good data and metadata, not technology;
  • focus on sustainability, not primarily the latest flashy interface (though we love good design);
  • focus on standards and minimal computing, not on re-inventing the wheel, expensive infrastructure, and unnecessary technology layers;
  • focus on academic outputs, citability, and longevity, not hiding poor practice with jargon such as “legacy project”, “end-of-life”, etc.

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 have no desire wasting your time and money with fancy one-off designs or unreadable visualizations that are intended to dazzle you or your funding body);
  • 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.