To be LEEDh (Leadership in Engaged and Ethical DH) Certified, projects must:
- Fill a community need. Involve the community, at the beginning, at all points along the course the project, and the community must own the project at the end.
- Include academics who commit to:
- Understanding community values by listening with their mouths shut
- Acknowldedge that they are not in charge of people’s memories
- Recognizing that there will be pain, and that pain is personal growth, pain is accountability in action
- Answering the question “Will this project benefit from having what we bring to the table? Or should I just provide $$ because the community is perfectly capable of running the project, all they need is resources?”
- Analyze and disclose the social impact of access and use, exposure and creating vulnerabilities in the community.
- Encourage self-determination of communities, as colonization/power structures can be maintained and transmitted into a digital format.
- Include an Accountability practice that specifically defines who the project is accountable to, and what success looks like to that entity
- Begin with a relationship and end with a better relationship. If the academic partner intends to sunset the project, they must leave knowledge, infrastructure, community leaders behind.
- Be used for community understanding and results in community change (as defined by the community) especially when discussing a painful event/period.