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Gather  (includes Create, Capture, Transform)

Definition

In seeking themes centered on scholarly activities undertaken against research materials, a related set of themes that emerged for me might best be summarized as "Gather."  The Minnesota study uses this term as one of its four Primitives for tools of analysis and ways of thinking.  To me, "Gather" has the connotation of bringing together those research materials which were located via "Forage" or "Discover" activities and then passed through "Filter and Synthesize."

"Gather" in particular seems to indicate simply laying one's hands (human or electronic!) on materials in a way that permits ready use and reuse by the researcher; assembling bookmarks, filling one's Zotero storehouse, amassing a pile of photocopies or borrowed library materials, stacking up media recordings, and the like.

"Create" in this analysis is used in terms of creating a collection or an archive or a rendering of something which one has discovered, for subsequent scholarly use, either by the creator or by others who might benefit from such a resource. Taking "Create" too far here bleeds into Minnesota's "Create" primitive, so this meaning falls short of scholarly creation here.

"Capture" in this analysis mostly focuses on the mechanical process of making a digital representation, or an analog recording of an event or object, or gathering associated metadata for an object.  One might think of image acquisition, recording, remote sensing, and the like.  This has links to the "Archive" theme where digitization is mentioned.

Finally, "Transform" in this analysis relates to migrating materials from one format or medium to another, such as producing an OCR representation of a scanned text page. Transform and capture have an overlap, but in looking at the planning wiki, in some cases transform seemed the better term than capture.

In the end, all of these are facets of the process of assembling a (yet-to-be-organized) corpus of research materials for subsequent analysis and manipulation.  (The organization of this corpus is a separate but related theme to consider.)


 

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Institution(s)

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

Gnip

"Making data portability suck less." (Steve Masover, from referral by Chad Kainz)

http://www.gnipcentral.com/


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

  • ... produce a digital resource; Digitize collections; ... collecting data ... Produce a local archive; follow leads, make connections ... Amass a body of knowledge  (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-A)
  • Capture, archive, to establish, To uncover activities, no memory of past events if not recorded; ... Capturing everyday life - Capture video, sound, everything possible; each technology gets a fragment, Capture the situation then capture the process  (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1a-E)
  • E2:  build or extend a relational database in service of a research project, understand the project design so that we know how to construct our tables.  Humanities projects are not easily characterized in relationships/entities.  (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1b-F)
  • Begins with recording oral history - Tape recording, analogue, Own interviews, Converts to digital, Can control analogue better, Send for transcription, ... Gather images, R.A. helps, Collect and digitize slides  (Ex. 2 scribe notes, 1c-A)
  • Create new media; ... Amass a body of knowledge  (Ex. 2-3 flipcharts, 1a-D)
  • Enter material in database ... Motion capture ... remote (motion capture, live observation) ... cameras & sensors ... Mine literature ... go to special collections & transcribe  (Ex. 2-3 flipcharts, 1a-G)
  • People used to have mentality of as things came across their desk, they'd decide keep/not keep. Now people want to keep everything so they can later do whatever.  Need metadata, huge storage department > people want huge e-mail quotas.  (Ex. 6a scribe notes, 1c-C)

Jim Muehlenberg

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