Wax is a minimal computing project that leverages the static-site generator, Jekyll, to create digital exhibitions focused on longevity, low costs, and flexibility. Make a copy of the Wax files and data, either to your own GitHub account or to your computer, add your own images and metadata, and Jekyll renders this into an attractive high-quality image collection that can be published to the Web using any web server or by using GitHub Pages.
Why Use Wax?
- Websites constructed with Wax do not rely upon any content management system or database backend. Projects built with Wax are likely to require much less maintenance, be more sustainable and secure.
- Wax projects tend to be hosted on GitHub which offers immediate publishing to the web using GitHub Pages. While some knowledge of GitHub may be required to get started with Wax, this is an extremely common and useful skill in digital humanities work.
- Metadata is added to Wax project in basic (CSV) spreadsheets that can be edited with many common spreadsheet tools which students are likely already familiar with.
- Wax is supported and maintained by people active in the digital humanities community. The skills involved in building a Wax project are those that are commonly used in this community.
- Wax can make use of IIIF resources, such as those in the Princeton University Library’s Digital PUL (DPUL) and the Princeton University Art Museum.
- Choosing the Right Platform for Your Digital Archive, GC Digital Fellows, CUNY Academic Commons
- Wax Exhibits: Collaborations, Workflows and Best Practices, Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
- What is Static Web and What’s it Doing in the Digital Humanities Classroom?, dh + lib