Week 4: Data

Reflective Essay #4

Post by 9am, Monday, July 1

Read “Reflections on a Movement” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. We’ve spent a lot of time in the first half of this program thinking about different tools and methods you can use in creating your projects. How can your project be transformative? How can this program transform to change the needs of digital scholars? We discussed during the first day our ideas of what is and isn’t digital humanities/scholarship. How have your own thoughts on this changed?

Monday, June 25

9am-9:30am: Sharing and Planning (Library 014)

9:30am-Noon: OpenRefine and Data Management  (Library 014, Public Session)

This summer you’ll put plenty of care into your public-facing digital project, but what about the research data informing your project?  For both creators and consumers of scholarly works, research data is most effective when it is available, usable, and recoverable.  Today we’ll talk about what research data is and different ways to manage it.  We’ll also discuss a tool for cleaning certain types of data sets: OpenRefine.

Readings and Assignments

  • Visit MANTRA, a data management resource from the University of Edinburgh, and review these lessons: Research data explained, File formats & transformation, Data management plans, Storage and security.
  • Bring to the lab examples of what you consider to be your research data.
  • Prior to the lab, install OpenRefine on your laptop.

Optional/Supplemental reading

Wednesday, June 27

9am-Noon: Data Visualization (Library 014, Public Session)

In today’s session on data visualization, we will talk through the process of creating a data-based graphic with particular emphasis on the interaction between visual design and quantitative communication. Rather than learning a single piece of software, we will explore design elements in the old-fashioned analog way – pencils, crayons, markers, and paper.  The session will conclude with a demonstration of four common digital tools for developing data visualizations.



To Learn More

Healy, Kieran. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction (Chapter 1).

Noon-1pm: DSSF Reading Discussion  and Lunch (Library 018)

Lunch will be provided for the DSSFs.


Thursday, June 28

9am-10:30am: Mid-Point Assessment (Library 018)

Today, each DSSF will individually meet with the Digital Scholarship Committee for up to 30 minutes. we will go over the summer so far, check the status of your projects and research, and discuss next steps. If there’s something that we haven’t covered, or need to go over in more detail during the rest of the program, please bring your thoughts! Also, if you have thoughts on how to improve the program over the last half of the summer, please bring your ideas.

Friday, June 29

9am-10:30am: Mid-Point Assessment (Large Group) (Library 018)

After our individual discussions on Thursday, we will gather as a group for a discussion about expectations and needs for the rest of the Fellowship.

10:30am-11:30am: Sharing and Planning (Library 014)