What can I read to learn about best practice for storing data in a digital humanities project? In particular, a database of historical records.
@twsh Hi! I'm a data management librarian. It's not specific to humanities, but there's a good rule for storing *any* research data called the 3-2-1 rule.
Basically, keep *3* copies of any important file (primary + 2 backups). Your backups should be on *2* different storage media (e.g. 1 cloud & 1 external hard drive). Lastly, *1* of your backups should be in a different place from you geographically (typically cloud but check) https://bookwitty.social/media/YbyPuUwyCuDtAQwdeT4
if you click through to the standards and good practices pages they're both basically just a collection of resources for digital preservation
hope it helps!
if what you're asking about is the way to take a set of historical records, edit them, and publish them in a robust and futureproof digital format, I think most people would agree that TEI-XML is the currently the standard for scholarly textual markup, which can then be served to users in a variety of ways
detailed examples here:
XML presupposes you're OK with data in a hierarchical data model. if you're working with literary texts this can be problematic