“Managing modern data for academic research” was the focus of the workshop “Humanities Data: Curation, Analysis, Access and Reuse” organized by the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School from 20 to 24 July 2015.
Data constituted the heart of this session. With the following topics discussed: importance of maintaining research data and digital information to preserve its meaning and usefulness.
This session was actually an opportunity to explore data concepts and practices, with an emphasis on digital humanities data curation. Data curation appears as the active and ongoing management of data through its lifecycle of interest. After an introduction to the Conceptual Frameworks of Humanities Data Curation, the workshop covered several topics including Metadata Normalization with OpenRefine, Information Organization, Data Modelling, Big Data and Data Analysis, as well as workflows (personal and institutional Workflows) and research objects. One section focused on the languages OWL and OWL 2. Case studies included examples from the Hathi Trust, EEBO-TCP and the BUDDAH project.
I found the discussion about associated with defining data, dataset, issue of provenance, new challenges and new opportunities raised by data curation and the comparison between data curation and digital preservation was particularly interesting due to it relevant to the work we are undertaking at CVCE.
This event was also the occasion to meet and talk to the other participants and speakers from all over the world. A special time was the peer-reviewed poster session. An exhibition of 30 posters presenting different works from researchers highlighting diversity and state of the art.
More information on http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/humanitiesdata.html