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Organizing Information

Definition

Keeping track of all the materials one uses for research is a challenge, further complicated by the use of both digital and print materials, and the availability of both digital and non-digital tools.

Comment (Jim Muehlenberg, Univ. of Wisconsin):  In seeking themes centered on scholarly activities undertaken against research materials, the theme that emerged for me is "Organize" which clearly overlaps with this definition but which seems to have some added details.  "Organize" includes categorizing, cataloging, arranging, assigning searchable metadata, tagging, and to some extent annotating (not necessarily the scholarly process of annotation, but more akin to the assigning metadata concept, such as labeling a slide collection with identifying and provenance information). These added details are reflected in many examples in the planning wiki materials, and give some methods of achieving the stated theme of "keeping track of all the materials one uses for research."  By organizing materials in these kinds of ways and others, it becomes possible to (more) efficiently process and interact with the assembled corpus of research materials when doing the intellectual analysis and scholarly creativity.


 

Name(s)

Institution(s)

Proposed/originated by:

Quinn Dombrowski

University of Chicago

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

sound_byte_name_or_description (your_name)

summary_description (your_name)

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?

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?

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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

  • bookmarks, tagging; piles of xeroxes (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1b-A)
  • stuffing book with post-it notes
    • with computer, no task lasts longer than ten minutes
    • so hardcopy notes work better (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1b-B)
  • print an abstract to read later after finding it on the web. I'm experimenting with reading on-screen (e.g., saved pdfs). But underlining and sticky-notes are a better tool for annotating ... can't do that with digital...though I would like to do that digitally. The activity here is organizing/analyzing/synthesizing/digesting information. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1b-C)
  • organize primary material, including images & film (Ex. 3 scribe notes, 1b-A)
  • I want several full-time people to organize all of my information (Ex. 6b scribe notes, 1c-A)

Quinn Dombrowski

  • Dating materials (texts, artifacts, etc., events - chronological); assign/create metadata ... Provenancing materials - Primary and secondary materials; Being able to explain where the materials came from, and what processes were used to create  (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-A)
     
  • Recording observations
    • Electronic capture remediates the experience, and so it changes the observance. As such, live annotation is crucial to capturing the experience.
    • Some of this was electronic capture, and some was paper annotation. Felt that important to annotate live, as something is lost when reviewing the recordings later. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-C)
       
  • Capture, time lapse it to show people an experience.
  • Tagging materials, part of capture process.
    • Manual tagging
    • Put post-its in a book so can search by the tag
    • Classify tags so tags can be used by others
    • Develop common terminology for the good of the community
  • Develop hierarchy of tags to organize data.
  • Review others' tags to see whether it will be useful.
  • Decide tag terminology to serve one's own purposes.
  • Indexing the material. ...
  • Describe art with a few words to help conglomerate huge #'s of art works. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-E)
     
  • D1: As a librarian, help organize/analyze data - Helped with protocols/standards of what to mark up in order to find out what they wanted to find out. ...
  • F1: Humboldt published 29 volumes on his American travels ... How do we deal with this kind of textual body? - A colleague thought it could be done. We've worked on this so you can do data mining within the entire system. We don't organize with PDF's, it's a relational database; you can bring up a paragraph where all words are clickable. Would have Spanish translation show up if you click on the Spanish flag. Can recreate a context and environment due to his precise way of describing what he sees.
  • M1: We started with a way of creating a geographical space as a way of organizing resources. Originally, 2D archeological plans - had to move to 3D. ... Interesting to use a single geographical space (ancient city) as a basis for collaboration using that as a way to hang articles and knowledge on top of it. ...
  • S1: With Google Maps, people annotate and add their own information; here, scholars are the ones contributing information. M1: Has implications for education, trying to create as accurate as possible reconstruction. F1: Google Earth has had bad press, but we've put Humboldt's travels on Google Earth. You can use it to enter the text at any point, could be useful for chronology, go to a particular point and find the relevant information. (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1d-A)
     
  • Categorize data; Relate to each other; Relate to historic context. ...
  • Catalog in private database w/ angle capture. ...
  • For more ephemeral actions, physical qualities important - "About the whole object." Add metadata to text transcription; Info about physical object; Info about sound is represented in text. (Ex. 2-3 flipcharts, 1a-G)
     
  • D3: Tagging as a way to make exterior what humanities scholars have tended to do privately. (Ex. 6a scribe notes, 1b-B)

Jim Muehlenberg

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