In writing books and articles, scholars in the humanities typically draw from primary source materials from multiple archives. Archivists have traditionally been justifiably protective of their unique holdings and policies have been put in place to safeguard these materials. Archivists remain committed to their user communities and an increasing number of archives now allow smartphones and personal computers for note taking and high-resolution digital cameras and camera phones for making copies.
The STAR project aims to support researchers in their information gathering and tracking needs. We have partnered with two prominent archives on the UT campus, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the Harry Ransom Center, enabling us to reach out to willing scholars who use these institutions. In particular, we are studying the strategies and techniques adopted by these scholars in order to manage, track, collate, and cite these documents. Based on an understanding of scholarly practices, the STAR project will develop mobile applications to support scholars in managing primary source materials.
The STAR project received seed support from the School of Information, John P. Commons Fellowship for the academic year 2012-13.