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Indicate Relationships

Keywords: Consider, Annotate

Activity Definition(s)

Indicating relationships involves reflection on underlying bits of meaning (the vapor of nuance) to arrive at associations that say something more general about the data.  These relationships might be expressed through writing, visualization, concept mapping, or the application of various annotation techniques, such as text-markup or the use of a formal taxonomy or ontology. Often -- as in the case of writing, concept mapping, or visualization -- the expression of a relationship leads to the recognition of new relationships or boundaries. 

Activity definitions describe various ways in which relationships can be indicated.  The list below is by no means complete.

  • Concept mapping is a way to understand and indicate relationships through the visual organization of knowledge.
      • define the domain the concept map will explore
      • identify key concepts within the domain -- concepts could be records of events or objects (such as texts, paintings, photographs, etc.)
      • represent and begin to arrange the concepts spatially -- this may be accomplished using boxes that contain textual annotation and/or digital copies of records or objects
      • optionally embed hyperlinks within a concept box
      • optionally add metadata or rich annotation to the concept box
      • create cross links between concepts
      • label links to express types of relationships
      • the process is iterative -- at each stage new concepts may be identified and the web of relationships refine
  • Computer generated visualization can be used to indicate relationships within data sets.  Examples include spatial visualization of metadata in collections or search results and the occurrence of related textual patterns within a body of literature. (is visualization a single activity or multiple activities)
  • Formal classifications schemes can be used to indicate relationships
  • Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

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Tool name

What it does

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Related Collections/Content (examples)

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Collection/content name

Collection/content description

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Applicable Standards or Standards Bodies

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Standard name / body

What it governs/regulates/standardizes - What it's for

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Notes, comments, related activities, concerns

Scope of definition: This definition applies to a number of activities on the tracking list. It appears in the "Consider" theme group where the activities primarily involve scholarly "sense-making."  It's also associated with "Discover: Code relationships."  It seems reasonable to ask whether the activity of coding relationships for discovery (for example, in a digital library) is of the same cloth as expressing new relationships in a process of scholarly sense-making.  We tend to associate scholarly practice in it's traditional form with the later.  But I'm also reminded of a conversation with Will Thomas about the Valley of the Shadow project, in which he argued that creating the organization of a digital archive can be a kind of sense-making that expresses broader, interpretive relationships. 

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