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Ground of Research

Definition

Humanities research is changing (or will change, or should change) from being grounded in texts (bibliographies) to relational databases.


 

Name(s)

Institution(s)

Proposed/originated by:

Allan Hanson

University of Kansas

Current facilitator(s)

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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

Heurist

Heurist is billed as "scholar-friendly" software. Developed by the University of Sydney, it blends a number of scholarly tasks into a common environment that includes as part of its architecture, transparent data management. (Chad Kainz)

http://heuristscholar.org


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

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Description - what is it?

URL or other reference

Comprehension by humanities researchers (Allan Hanson)

Many (most?) humanities researchers don't know what a relational database is, how to use it, or how it can facilitate their research (Allan Hanson)

 


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

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Description - what is it?

Why is it in scope?

Database basics (Allan Hanson)

Devise ways to Introduce the concept of relational databases to humanities researchers in a way that is intelligible to them and enables them to grasp how their use can aid their research.  This would involve encouraging institutions to hire librarians and IT specialists who understand the nature of humanities research, can speak the language of humanities researchers, and want to reach out to them in order to make them more aware of the potentials of automated tools (Allan Hanson)

That seems obvious (Allan Hanson)


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

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Description - what is it?

Why is it out of scope?

Database specifics (Allan Hanson)

The design and implementation of particular database architectures that will assist individual researchers with their individual needs (Allan Hanson)

Bamboo can point out that this sort of thing needs to be done, and encourage institutions and individuals to do it.  Bamboo's job is to stimulate, but the actual doing of it is up to those institutions and individuals (Allan Hanson)


References

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

Contributor

  •  This general topic was discussed in Workshop 1d-C

Allan Hanson

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