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Filter and Synthesize

Definition

A precursor to scholarly analysis is selecting from the universe of possible objects of focus. A scholar filters and/or synthesizes a collection of primary and secondary materials on which analytical activity will be performed from a universe of texts, of images, of physical artifacts, etc. - or, in many cases, from multiple universes (e.g., multiple archives, libraries, museums, collections, and repositories, which may involve diverse disciplinary foci).


 

Name(s)

Institution(s)

Proposed/originated by:

Steve Masover

UC Berkeley

Current facilitator(s)

Facilitator_Name_Here_(optional)

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What tools, standards, organizations, or efforts exist in this area of scholarly practice?

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Description - what is it?

URL or other reference

Zotero

A Firefox web-browser extension that serves as a "research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways." (quoted by Steve Masover)

zotero.org

Heurist

"captures and manages all your web bookmarks, bibliographic references, personal notes and a host of other specialised data types (expandable) in a simple, searchable web interface" (quoted by Steve Masover)

heuristscholar.org


What tools, standards, organizations, or efforts are missing from this area of scholarly practice?

Item

Description - what is it?

URL or other reference

sound_byte_name_or_description (your_name)

summary_description (your_name)

http://www.interesting_thing.org


What part of this area of scholarly practice is within Project Bamboo scope, and why?

Item

Description - what is it?

Why is it in scope?

sound_byte_name_or_description (your_name)

summary_description (your_name)

explanation_of_why_in_scope (your_name)


What part of this area of scholarly practice is outside Project Bamboo scope, and why?

Item

Description - what is it?

Why is it out of scope?

sound_byte_name_or_description (your_name)

summary_description (your_name)

explanation_of_why_out_of_scope (your_name)


References

References (e.g., material from Workshop 1 notes or flipcharts)

Contributor

  • "Exploration: Synthesize information; match patterns; critical analysis; create opportunities for structured serendipity; choose, select/filter/frame" (ex. 3 scribe notes, 1a-E)
  • "Assessing relevance.  This is the whole issue of sifting the wheat from the chaff."  (ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-C)
  • "Can Bamboo help identify what is important (as distinct from what is urgent)" (general session scribe notes, 1b)
  • "we would like to hang on to everything for posterity, but that sticks posterity with the problem of picking out what's valuable ... letting a thousand flowers bloom vs. existence of evaluative criteria" (ex. 5 scribe notes, 1b-B)
  • "Search everything through one interface (intelligent aggregation, great filtering)" (ex. 6b flipcharts, 1c-C)
  • "My major critique of Bamboo is that it doesn't sufficiently emphasize the diverse and multiple uses of tools and material, and the ability to pull different sets of data captured for different purposes into single sites for new insight." (ex 4 scribe notes, 1d-A)
  • "decision of a librarian to buy a book is a filter.  tools to decide which digital resources to use (reviews) don't exist the way they do in print.  bamboo could serve as a sort of gatekeeper; out of fashion but useful." (ex 4 scribe notes, 1d-F)

Steve Masover

  • "Tokenize, segment the resource (automatically or manually); Name and rename parts; Align annotation with parts (including time-based material); vary or match the notation of the original content; Sort and rearrange the resource (perhaps in something as formal as a semantic concordance, perhaps just in some unspecified relationship); Identify and analyze patterns that arise out of relationships; Code relationships, perhaps in a way that encourages the emergence of an ontology of relationships (Allow formalizations to emerge, or to be brought to bear from the outset, or to be absent)" ("Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities," UVA, 2005, Final Report: Interpretation, p 7)
  • "a server-side repository that would aggregate information from searches and annotations" ("Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities," UVA, 2005, Final Report: Exploration of Resources, p. 14)
  • "Tools to translate between representation-rich formats at a sophisticated level, with annotation and toleration for limited ambiguity." ("Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities," UVA, 2005, Final Report: Collaboration, p. 16)
  • [...] plug in any ontology; filter results in complex ways and save those filters; classify and tag results; as well as to display, aggregate, and share search results" ("Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities," UVA, 2005, Final Report: Exploration of Resources, p. 13)

Steve Masover

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