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Humanities Data

An introduction to humanities data and data curation presented at the 2014 CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship Summer Seminar, Bryn Mawr, PA, July 30, 2014.


July 30, 2014

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  1. Humanities Data 2014 CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship Summer Seminar Trevor Muñoz

    University of Maryland 30 July 2014
  2. @trevormunoz What is data? in the humanities for curation? What

    are the implications
  3. @trevormunoz Data is not a scientific concept

  4. @trevormunoz Data” is our common rhetorical tool for tracing epistemic

    practices … “ thus, “data” does equally important work as a concept for the humanities as for the sciences, and better equips us to think critically and creatively about the digital
  5. @trevormunoz Data Curation is stewardship of knowledge

  6. @trevormunoz Data curation is … the active and ongoing management

    of data of data throughout its entire lifecycle of interest and usefulness to scholarship.” “ —Cragin et al, 2007
  7. @trevormunoz Cragin, Melissa H., P. Bryan Heidorn, Carole L. Palmer,

    and Linda C. Smith. “An Educational Program on Data Curation.” In Science and Technology Section of the Annual American Library Association Conference, Vol. 25. Washington, DC, 2007.
  8. @trevormunoz usefulness interest critical terms:

  9. @trevormunoz Data curation for the humanities must engage with humanist

    ways of making knowledge
  10. @trevormunoz Some Definitions

  11. @trevormunoz Data

  12. @trevormunoz From the beginning, data was a rhetorical concept. Data

    means—and has meant for a very long time—that which is given prior to argument. As a consequence, the meaning of data must always shift with argumentative strategy and context. The rise of modern economics and natural science created new conditions of argument and new assumptions about facts and evidence.” “ — Daniel Rosenberg, 2014
  13. @trevormunoz Rosenberg, Daniel. “Data before the Fact.” In “Raw Data”

    Is an Oxymoron, edited by Lisa Gitelman, 2013.
  14. @trevormunoz Putting “data” in historical perspective means we can untangle

    the concept from techno-science and think about how it relates to argumentative strategy and context of a range of disciplines including the humanities.
  15. @trevormunoz Information in the role of evidence

  16. The humanities

  17. @trevormunoz The disciplines that investigate the expressions of the human

    mind — Wilhelm Dilthey, 1883
  18. @trevormunoz By which are generally meant studies of: literature art

    music philosophy history
  19. @trevormunoz These studies may be empirical theoretical

  20. @trevormunoz theory*

  21. None
  22. None
  23. @trevormunoz Cultural Studies and more

  24. @trevormunoz study of cultural practices and their relationship with power”

    — from Rens Bod, 2014 “
  25. @trevormunoz Bod, Rens. A New History of the Humanities: The

    Search for Principles and Patterns from Antiquity to the Present, 2013. For more see:
  26. @trevormunoz It is useful to bring some of these humanities

    approaches to how we understand and practice data curation
  27. @trevormunoz inscription devices and media technology … but simultaneously to

    particular social, economic, and political orders on the other — Lenoir citing Derrida understood as linked to the content of science, literature, and philosophy on the one hand
  28. @trevormunoz Lenoir, Timothy. Inscribing Science: Scientific Texts and the Materiality

    of Communication. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1998.
  29. @trevormunoz become entrenched and articulate themselves in a wider field

    of epistemic practices and material cultures Objects of investigation including instruments, inscription devices, model organisms, and the floating theories and boundary concepts attached to them.” “ — Rheinberger, 1997
  30. @trevormunoz Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg. Toward a History of Epistemic Things: Synthesizing

    Proteins in the Test Tube. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1997.
  31. @trevormunoz Data Curation as a shift in perspective from working

    on creating knowledge as researchers in some particular humanities discipline to working on the same endeavor from the perspective of the library or the digital humanities center, etc.
  32. @trevormunoz What can we see trace or from this perspective?

  33. @trevormunoz Digital Objects in the humanities

  34. @trevormunoz scholarly editions

  35. http://shelleygodwinarchive.org/contents/frankenstein

  36. None
  37. @trevormunoz models networks visualizations

  38. http://orbis.stanford.edu/

  39. None
  40. http://www.poms.ac.uk/

  41. @trevormunoz thematic research collections

  42. https://mbda.berry.edu/

  43. @trevormunoz new scholarly communication

  44. http://mallhistory.org/

  45. http://www.stampingamericanmemory.org/

  46. @trevormunoz These may come in the form of software text

    files images databases
  47. @trevormunoz stewardship, including preservation, of information in digital form is

    a shared concern
  48. @trevormunoz data curation must be concerned with the way objects

    of investigation function in particular epistemic communities In addition to this shared concern with digital preservation
  49. @trevormunoz usefulness interest critical terms:

  50. @trevormunoz Data Curation is stewardship of knowledge

  51. @trevormunoz Case Study

  52. http://nbviewer.ipython.org/gist/trevormunoz/8358810

  53. http://www.curatingmenus.org in collaboration with Katie Rawson

  54. Thank You. Trevor Muñoz tmunoz@umd.edu trevormunoz Email: Twitter:

  55. @trevormunoz The humanities have their own ways of making knowledge

    To serve the humanities, data curation must engage humanist research practices Preservation of digital information is a shared concern