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    Aaron Collie

    Aaron Collie received his MS in LIS from the University of Illinois with a specialization in the Data Curation Education Program. He is currently the Digital Curation Librarian at Michigan State University.

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    Humanities Data!?

    Friday, April 29th, 2011 | Aaron Collie

    Lifecycle management of data is becoming increasingly important to funding agencies and many agencies now encourage data management, re-use, and sharing plans. Some major funders even require a formal “Data Management Plan” (DMP) in order to be competitively considered for funding. As there is already at least one other proposed conversation around RDM I would like to extend or merge these discussions by focusing on the following:

    • Types of humanities data?
      • “Domain Specific” text, text corpora, textbases, structured text, plain text, massive text databases (flat, relational, object oriented, native XML), email, correspondence, video/audio ethnography, maps, “new media”,
      • “Normal Data with the humanities twist” multimedia data (images, audio, video, flash), browser data (HTML, XML, JSP/ASP/PHP/CGI/whatever, XHTML), NUMERIC *gasp* DATA!!! (spreadsheets, others?)
      • “Really weird stuff” ontologies, thesaurus, interactive timelines, digital cultural artifacts, models, 3d artifacts
    • Proprietary humanities data?
    • Data sharing in the humanities
    • Existing disciplinary repositories for “humanities data”

    Current discussions of humanities data are fairly literature-centric (just as my examples above). I would love to hear from people in History, Law, Philosophy, Anthropology, Fine Arts, Communication, Religion, etc, etc. One outcome of this group might be writing and submitting a Data Profile, or visiting and compiling the guidelines and requirements for major and minor humanities funding agencies and disseminating via the lists.