Practical Humanities Data Curation: Creating a Guide for Documenting Data and Methods
Brandon Locke and Thomas Padilla are currently developing practical walkthrough guides and case studies for individuals engaged in digital research, with an emphasis on common problems, sources, and methodology used by historians. The project, which will be hosted at http://curation.beginningdh.org, is intended to provide guidance, advice, and examples of curation projects on a variety of different methods common for digital humanists. A great deal of variation exists within the big tent of digital humanities. Many of the practical steps one should follow when curating a collection or TEI-encoded manuscripts varies greatly from those one should follow when conducting network analysis, or mapping, or computational film analysis.
Practical Humanities Data Curation seeks to become a starting point for historians working with data, ensuring that they begin work with proper curation in mind. Without curation at an early stage, it can be difficult or impossible for scholars to evaluate the work of others, and makes it more difficult for the author or other scholars to use, combine, and build upon meticulously created datasets.
This talk will not only showcase progress on the project and illustrate these examples, but will also discuss the importance and the difficulty of method-specific data curation for humanists.
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