The History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML) model

The History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML) model

5. History Data Management Lifecycle (HDML)

The HDML is a vital concept within the History Research Lifecycle. A well prepared Research Lifecycle will identify the various elements that comprise the Data Management Lifecycle, but this may appear in a disjointed manner with separate elements being seemingly unconnected or, even worse, unimportant.

The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model provides a very detailed and complex approach that identifies the processes that are relevant and important. However, this model is highly generic and serves to identify Data Management aspects for any and all research types. It is not discipline specific, neither is it aimed specifically at researchers; rather, it is intended for Data Managers and technicians who have deep insights into data processes.

Comparing the DCC Curation Model with the HDML, it is clear that there are few clear crossovers or easily identifiable points of similarly. The HDML uses the DCC's identified elements that are vital for successful Data Management, and places them into a history research context.

Multiple phases can be identified in the cycle, and these may often overlap or even appear to be repetitive at times. These phases may be of particular interest to Data Managers, ICT Technicians, and Computer Science personnel and students. They are not necessarily of interest to history researchers, and will be combined into more manageable phases that more closely reflect the work of the Historian.

Figure 6: Mapping the HRL to the DCC’s Curation Lifecycle Model, highlights the complex process of mapping to a highly developed model. The HDML addresses the various components in terms of the more manageable HRL.

Figure 6: Mapping the HRL to the DCC’s Curation Lifecycle Model

Based upon the HRL, and including the many elements from the Curation Lifecycle Model, the HDML links directly to the recognisable elements that the historian will typically encounter during any research project or process. Each sequential element needs to be carefully considered in order to identify components that require completion or development before the next components may begin.

The HDML is not a standalone cycle. It fits around the HRL and maps directly to the research process that is the work of the historian.

 Figure 7: HDML mapped to HRL