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Manipulate

Definition

This theme has been merged into Translation, Remediation, Manipulation and is now closed for edits. Please make any further changes on that theme's page.

In seeking themes centered on scholarly activities undertaken against research materials, a theme that emerged for me might best be summarized as "Manipulate." This theme covers the more conceptual or intellectual, non-mechanical transformations or modifications that can be applied to research materials after they have been Gathered and possibly Organized.  Examples might be coding video sequences for specific events of interest for subsequent Analysis, or creating plaster casts of archeological remains for student work, or translating ancient texts into a more accessible language, or TEI text encoding and HTML markup activities.  (The more mechanical type of transformations, such as digitization, OCR processing, or converting from MS Word to PDF, seem to fit better with the proposed theme "Gather" which includes Create, Capture, Transform, so these are not included here.)  Enhancement of Gathered materials is also included, such as corrections applied to OCRed text, image enhancement by computer algorithm, or noise reduction in audio recordings.

The purpose of Manipulate is to turn the Gathered research materials into a more suitable form for Analysis and other scholarly processing.  Manipulate and Analyze might be intermixed/overlapped or may separated in time, so at times the distinction may blur depending on how the research activity is conducted.


 

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Proposed/originated by:

Jim Muehlenberg

Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

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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

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http://www.interesting_thing.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

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?

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Description - what is it?

Why is it in scope?

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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?

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Description - what is it?

Why is it out of scope?

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References

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

Contributor

  • Activate resource - particularly one primary source to another primary source - format conversion, mine website, make usable, extend. This is creative in the development of tools and techniques, but the process is actually a data/source material transformation, manipulation, munging. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-C)
  • Upgrade, revise materials each semester. ... Revise/rebuild/iterate/port/migrate resources in order to do scholarship. ... Take objects into different contexts to take a perspective & tell a story. Re-represent after others' works to put things in a new context, to separate layers to make distinct, recombine layers in a new context. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-E)
  • Data manipulation: be flexible about how I look at / query data in a marked-up data set or across several such sets. Encode and manipulate data, and run queries over it. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-F)
  • Clean up and consolidate databases and spatial analysis - in prep for interpretation. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1b-F)
  • Developing a workflow of giving them things (OCR/XML), and getting back their derivatives (their TEI-encoded texts) for our archives. ... A researcher wanted to get video footage and make digital copies in archive (didn't allow), allow for free use but can't own/reformat; had to negotiate between foundation and scholar. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1d-A)
  • H1 starting to make audio recordings of letters in a database so you can listen to them.  How does the media affect interpretation?  (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1d-G)
  • Encode & manipulate data.  Write queries to mine data. (Ex. 2-3 flipcharts, 1a-A)
  • Revise/rebuilt/iterate/port/migrate resources in order to do scholarship. (Ex. 2-3 flipcharts, 1a-B)
  • Involve users in data correction/cleaning (sticky 11). Participate in collaborative editing (sticky 11). (Ex. 2-3 flipcharts, 1b-A)

Jim Muehlenberg

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