Image credit: "Escalator overhaul at City Hall" by Kai Hendry, licensed under CC-BY 2.0

Photo credit: “Escalator overhaul at City Hall” by Kai Hendry, licensed under CC-BY 2.0.1

In order to make my blog GDPR-compliant, I switched its whole design from Wordpress to a static website based on pure HTML, CSS, JS with Hugo where one has more control over what the code actually does - namely, which user data the website processes or exposes. This way, I could make sure to design a blog website that does not unnecessarily save data about visitors, does not give them any cookies or track them and thereby enhances their privacy by design: You are welcome. Going through the regulations and getting rid of as many potential user data exposures as I could possibly find from the code of the webpage was an intense, time-consuming as well as educating exercise.

A second aspect is that this gives me the opportunity to highlight the scholarly value of minimal computing for smaller digital scholarly editing projects. As Amanda Visconti and Alex Gil have stressed during workshops and in writing that they gave on Jekyll-based editions (one of their examples with manual), static webpages can be a self-empowering tool option for scholarly editors to get digital editions done fast with less technical and human resources. Static websites may furthermore offer relevant reliabality-, flexibility- and longterm-preservation-advantages compared to larger, database-driven or XML-based systems.


  1. “Escalator overhaul at City Hall” by Kai Hendry, licensed under CC-BY 2.0, Source on Flickr. [return]