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Jekyll-Wax is a heterogeneous collection of experiments, strategies, and functional components for adapting Jekyll to evolve with the needs of digital humanities researchers and practitioners.

Project Description

Minimal computing practices and priorities have proven well suited to the needs of digital humanities projects and scholars. Specifically, its tenets of Minimal Dependencies, Minimal Maintenance and Minimal Presence help offset DH’s frequent scarcity of resources, and its emphases on Maximum Access, Minimal Consumption and Minimal Obsolescence complement and strengthen the core of critical digital humanities work.

In line with the goals of minimal computing, Jekyll-Wax is a set of experiments, strategies, and functional components for adapting Jekyll (a modular, minimal static site generator) to evolve with the needs of DH scholarship.

Though the objectives of Jekyll-Wax are ongoing, its success will be tied to the development of several key workflows, namely for producing digital exhibitions, publications, and blogs complete with many of the components expected of database-powered platforms like WordPress, Scalar, or Omeka. These components will be discrete, lightweight, interoperable, and easy to use, creating an expansive framework of Jekyll tooling that will enable scholars to assemble what they need and drop what they don’t.

Need a site with dynamic search but can’t commit to maintaining a database? Need a simple blog but are worried about vulnerabilities in WordPress? Want to make a IIIF image exhibition or a D3js data visualization from student-generated CSVs? Need to host thousands of static pages, but don’t have a budget for server space? These are just a few of the needs currently giving shape to Jekyll-Wax.

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Hongmun Sŏgwan, “Pigŭk sosŏl - Pulsanghan insaeng (An unhappy life),” Columbia University Libraries Online Exhibitions, accessed October 2, 2017. IIIF image shown in OpenSeadragon viewer.