What do you need to know about the making of your and others' data?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sun, 05/09/2021 - 17:06
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Presentation at the DHSI 2021 Conference on on-going research in CAPTURE project.

Abstract

There is a growing corpus of studies on scholarly practices, knowledge and information work in different areas of digital humanities. The findings highlight the diversity of scholarly work and the importance of understanding how research is conducted and research results are achieved in specific circumstances and situations, and how these situations form an important premise for apprehending and using its outputs: information, data, collections, documentation and eventually, archaeological knowledge. Simultaneously, the awareness has increased of the need of documenting and preserving not only data and what it is (i.e. metadata) but also its provenance and in more general terms, information about the underpinning processes of how it has become into being and used in the past. 

The aim of this presentation is to explicate the premises of how to identify, capture and document such aspects of scholarly practices and information work that have major implications to the future usability and usefulness of research data in the digital humanities, and to explain what practical and theoretical issues digital humanities researchers need to be aware of in their research, concerning the making and use of paradata. The presentation is based on an on-going work in the European Research Council funded project CAPTURE (www.uu.se/en/research/capture).

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