The History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML) model

The History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML) model

2. Introduction

The History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML) model provides a graphic perspective of how a typical research project, research thesis, or any similar research process work may be visually conceived.

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has developed a highly structured, technical Curation Lifecycle Model that “provides a graphical, high-level overview of the stages required for successful curation and preservation of data”. Details of the model are available at DCC: Curation Lifecycle Model

While the DCC model provides highly developed, process driven insights into the typical project development lifecycle, it is also:

  • complex
  • multi-disciplinary in focus
  • generalised and necessarily genre generic
  • information heavy

The HDML borrows from the Digital Curation Centre's (DCC) Lifecycle Model, but presents a more history specific approach that may make the entire History Data Management process more accessible to historians and history researchers.

The following sections invite you to partake in a few exercises that will encourage you to prepare the following:

  • A History Research Lifecycle (HRL)
  • A History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML)

The outcome will be a visual depiction that will accurately reflect your own research work, be it a large or a small research project, a thesis or a dissertation. By developing your own lifecycle model, you will gain insights into the processes that you need to be aware of and to act upon. The successful completion of any project, especially in the digital age, relies on a clear and concise data management strategy. The HDML will enhance the clarity and fill in the detail required to meet these requirements.