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Tuesday, April 28 • 8:25am - 9:50am
More Than Different Names: Practical Strategies for Humanities Data LIMITED

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This roundtable will facilitate a discussion of people’s experiences working in libraries and other scholarly communication areas, focusing on helping Humanities scholars manage their data (broadly conceived as research materials) throughout the lifecycle of a project. We will discuss alternate views of and alternative approaches to philosophical conversations about the nature of data in the humanities. Instead of trying to “lead the humanities to data,” and being met with resistance from scholars who believe their work cannot be characterized as “data,” the panelists will discuss practical strategies rooted in helping scholars manage materials such as text, images, audio, and video. While this approach does foreclose critical conversations about data, it is a way to move past the rhetorical caricatures that data debates in the humanities are founded upon. These strategies are not just for scholars who self-identify as digital humanists and work with large-scale datasets, but also for a more general engagement with humanities scholars' workflows. These include practices of citation management, photo metadata tagging, file structure, OCRing printed documents photographed in an archive, and proper backup procedures. Not only are these methods rooted in the actual practice of scholars (with datasets large and small), they offer an important point of intervention for librarians and other scholarly communications professionals. They can intervene earlier in the research process, helping a scholar better understand the workflow that could potentially lead to the archiving of this data for public access and an open access publication.

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Thomas Padilla

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
Thomas Padilla is Digital Scholarship Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. In this role Thomas develops and promotes data collections to Humanists, teaches on Digital Humanities methods and tools, and engages scholars across disciplines on data curation and research... Read More →
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Katie Rawson

Coordinator for Digital Research, University of Pennsylvania
Katie Rawson works with faculty, students, and staff to develop digital projects and assess emerging tools and technologies for humanities research. She also manages the British and American Literature collection and serves as a liaison to the English department. Katie has a... Read More →
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Justin Schell

Learning Design Specialist | Shapiro Design Lab, University of Michigan Library
Justin Schell is a filmmaker, writer, photographer, and Learning Design Specialist for the University of Michigan Library. His first documentary, Travel in Spirals, tells the story of Hmong hip-hop artist Tou SaiKo Lee's journey back to Thailand, 30 years after he was born in a... Read More →

Tuesday April 28, 2015 8:25am - 9:50am
Crystal Ballroom

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