Through close collaboration we aim to produce innovative and engaging online research resources and tools and then sustain them into the future.

As your developer and research partner we undertake the entire range of activities involved in the development of a digital resource, web service or tool:

  1. Providing a technical specification which can be used within your funding proposal as well as ‘blue printing’ the actual development process.
  2. Working with you through a visual and interactive design process, ensuring that the final deliverable will meet the expectations of all stakeholders and users.
  3. Developing prototypes which can be used for research and demonstration during the life of your project.
  4. Post-processing your project data to the necessary format for use within the final deliverable.
  5. Building and testing the final deliverable, using established, international standards for the electronic delivery of text and images within intuitive and engaging interfaces.
  6. Documenting the final deliverable by providing plain English user guides and comprehensive technical documentation. Our technical documentation improves the maintenance and preservation of your resource in the long term.
  7. Publishing the digital resource, web service or tool. We can either deploy the resource, service or tool via your own service provider or publish through HRI Online Publications, the Humanities Research Institute’s own, peer-reviewed, online press. The choice is yours.
  8. Preservation through delivery. If you choose to publish with us, your data is automatically archived over the long term using storage facilities at the University of Sheffield, and regularly maintained as part of our publications life-cycle. Alternatively, you can deposit your data with a third-party archive of your choice. All archived data is appropriately documented with administrative and technical metadata.