Collection Date: 7/29/2009
Scholar #1 Info: (if more than one scholar's process is described, copy this set for each scholar)
- Name: Carrie Roy
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Title: Grad Student, Scandinavian Studies
- Institution/Organization: UW-Madison
- Field of Study/Creative Endeavor: Dissertation is on intersection of creative processes, textile production, wood working, and metal working, in pre-Christian Scandinavia and how it’s interwoven with the belief system.
Collector Info (can be the same as "Scholar" above):
Notes on Methodology:
Please briefly describe the collection methods used (eg. "self report", "questionnaire", "ethnographic interview")
Recorded interview. A transcription was made of the interview, and from the transcription, this scholarly narrative was developed.
The scope section is provided by the collector, with input from the scholar(s), and attempts to estimate the scope of the group that performs the processes described: How broadly do the practices described in this narrative apply to others in same field, in related fields, etc?
- In the opinion of the scholar, who participates in the process the story describes?
(e.g. "just this scholar", "many people in the scholar's field of inquiry", "all academics", etc.)
- What is this process intended to accomplish for the scholar?
- Who is the intended audience of the processes described?
- Is this the only process the scholar uses to accomplish his/her goals?
- What "shared services" would help transform the story into something of more benefit for the scholar or his/her audience? What process or processes in the story could be automated?
Please provide some keywords that will allow us to group or cluster related stories--or aspects of stories.
1. Was this story collected for a particular Bamboo working group? If so, please include, as keywords, the appropriate group(s).
2. Suggested keywords: Does this narrative contain elements that could be mapped to these keywords? If so, please indicate which ones and briefly describe the mapping. Add any additional keywords in #3. (These are global keywords from this page keywords)
additional keywords in #3. (These are global keywords from this page keywords)
- Aggregate – The research involves navigation of folklore resources, archaeological resources and different languages.
- Discover – The research is based on word-searching across multiple disciplines.
- Interact –
- Publish –
- Preserve –
- Share --.The researcher is definitely interested in bringing her research into the classroom and to the web.
3. Please list additional keywords here:
Please include the text, documents, media, or other material which comprise this narrative
- WHAT: a description of a small portion/subset of your work around which you would like technology support and any "need to know" relationships between this subset of work and your larger research/teaching efforts,
Dissertation is on intersection of creative processes, textile working, and metal working, in pre-Christian Scandinavia and how it’s interwoven with the belief system. Since her research is word-based and cross-disciplinary, she has to do much navigation of folklore resources, archaeological resources and different languages; she may have to enter a word into different languages 6 different times, and based on the discipline, e.g., folklore vs. archaeology, there may be a different word or a word she doesn’t know about.
Last summer, she did a survey of about 400 different Viking period artifacts in Scandinavia and had to navigate various museum systems to find the images and archaeological information. Her task was made much easier if the museum collections and catalogue were online.
- HOW: the tasks you currently perform and methodologies/processes you employ to achieve this portion of your work and any required order of these tasks (i.e. "x" must be done before "y")
Carrie’s research is primarily word-based and artifact-based. She relies on journals in Scandinavian studies and archaeology work and material culture, folklore and then follows leads; she used JStore for example. She’s still bothered by the issue that whatever she is looking for is dependent on the word she is using. And because she’s interdisciplinary, the different disciplines have different words, have different kinds of approaches, methodologies, and since she’s doing holistic research, it’s difficult to do this type of research in the traditional way. Traditional means navigating information via word-based searches.
- HELPS: any tools, content, or collaborations you currently use to help complete your research and/or teaching tasks, and
The Internet worked for her as a glorified dictionary. She used online museum collections and catalogues to help her find the artifacts she wanted to use. In the classroom, she has used Powerpoint and has integrated other media, such as film.
- NEED: a description of a specific technology need or your best guess at the technology support you want
Carrie has many ideas on how to more visually represent interdisciplinary research, using geography and time and context which would not only be useful for others’ research, but also for bringing the research into the classroom. She’d like to be able to navigate information in a more historical or geographical context and in a more efficient manner. That way, she wouldn’t be missing information like she does in word-based searches. Examples are:
- It would be interesting to integrate terms into an actual visual map of the landscape. This way, you’re seeing the words on a physical topography feature – moving through the landscape, you can understand how people referred to their world and it gives you insight into how people saw their world. This would be a completely different way of navigating different terms and would give you a different experience from flipping through the pages of a dictionary. And it could also be a teaching tool to help students of all ages think about the different ways people thought about their natural environment using words and the descriptions on a visually engaging landscape. (Her mock-up was made with PhotoShop but a virtual world would be wonderful.) If Bamboo would be interested in integrating Google Earth information with collections of words or landscape features – would be an interesting environment to navigate and learn. 2nd Life could be an option if they could develop land features that are realistic and convey the traditional terms.
- Another option she thought of is in terms of integrating information on artifacts, manuscripts, archaeological sites and scholarly articles and integrating them into geographical space with a timeline – she showed me a mock-up – you could select a time period and if you checked artifacts, it would show you the artifacts for the chosen time period – you could then zoom in on the artifacts to get more detailed pictures and zoom in again (Google Earth technology) to locate more detailed information on description, location, e.g., grave marker and then by clicking again, be connected to a scholarly article where the info has been documented.
- With manuscripts, you are dealing with copy issues; keeping track of which copy you are using, where, and how the original was formed, is very messy. Having an image that may be visually ghosted because it’s missing some info or no longer exists – visual cues that are intuitive-- may be a good way to help structure information and keep track of copies and originals and manuscripts. The Internet could be a great tool for conveying manuscript copy information in an intuitive way – you could hide the variances if you want, could bring them up, or navigate to different periods of preserved manuscripts.
- Some kind of enormous Wikipedia of scholarly information from all of the different disciplines – there would need to be some kind of incentive for the institutions to sign up, but once established, she envisions a huge shift in the type of research being produced, and also see and understand the work they’re doing in a broader context. It might change the way they think about the information they are getting. And, it could be a more efficient way for scholars to access the information and the artifacts and the literature they are working with. She envisions a geographical timeline based Wikipedia containing information accessed by a geographical and time-based navigation system; as you move over the map, you can see how things change in time and how the information changes. It would include landscape changes, e.g., huge landscape changes in North America over relatively recent past and how it affected the cultures, e.g., Native American, inhabiting the landscape at the time.
- Not all scholarly articles can be plunked down in a geographical space – alternative for moving through such information could be a generic model based on topic. e.g., go to a Viking period town, and if you’re interested in boat building, navigate to that region, and once you get there, you could find information, resources, information gathered from archaeological sites – fast way to get information on general periods – not based on a geographical point, but the research done on a topic, e.g., boat building. This kind of model is useful. She has been in 2 classes where they were reading in old Norse about people sitting under a table, and her instructors said that this is a wrong preposition and it should say they were sitting at the table, and Carrie would think, in these old houses, they put the tables on the walls, they are just planks without legs, and when they were eating, they would put the planks on their laps, so they were really eating under the table. But this type of information which is from archaeological information, is something that literary scholars don’t get exposed to that often. Placing this type of information in a virtual world could help literary scholars understand the specific phrases being used or the prepositions.
- Have museum collections online, based on collaborations between universities and museums, following a standard format. In addition, have a system to deal with the copy right issues.
- Funding for developers to help create the multidisciplinary tools she is mentioning.
- Funding for access to technology for researchers and students, e.g., flip phones, video cameras.
- Funding for posting her digital collection, e.g., database of artifacts she found in various museums for her research.
Other Comments from Collector:
- Would the HathiTrust for libraries be a prototype for museums getting their collections online?
- Would the Creative Commons model help with copyright issues regarding usage of photographs of museum collections?
- The 2010 Horizon Report includes some up and coming technologies, e.g., augmented reality and mobile solutions, and maybe visual data analysis, that could help address Carrie’s creative geological and archeological ideas. Examples are the Wikitude World Browser, http://www.wikitude.org/world_browser, and the iTacitus project, http://itacitus.org/, where visitors to historic sites can access AR applications that overlay maps and information about how the location looked at different points of history.
- 2nd Life or other Virtual World applications could be another mode to display information from many disciplines, literature, geography, archeology, history and a visual format.
- Some posted Scholarly Narratives have similar needs to Carrie’s. For example:
- SN-0062 Comparing Versions of a Text in a Digital Corpus - I would like to see the problem of varying text versions handled in a better way so that I could see if versions of a text differed around a term I searched for and more easily compare versions. Tracking terms across versions of a text would be a useful tool to have at my disposal. Additionally, I would like to have primary sources integrated as part of the search process. Being able to read scans of the woodblock or manuscripts alongside the printed text, or quickly compare a printed passage against the woodblock or manuscript source simply by clicking a location on the digitized printed text would be very helpful. In a particular specialized case, I may be reading a manuscript version of a text in which I identify a term of interest. In the event that the term does not actually appear in the woodblock version of the text, I would still want to be able to link to the section within the woodblock where the term should exist, but does not.
- SN-0069 Searching Within a Digital Text Corpus - There are many different digitized Chinese text corpora available, each with their own search engine. Within the scope of Chinese Buddhism I generally only use CBETA as it really is the only useful digital corpora in the field. However, there are search capabilities within other Chinese-language corpora that would be helpful to my research. The ability to have the search engine recognize and search for interchangeable character forms would be very useful to have, for instance. Federating the content of Chinese Buddhist corpora and secular Chinese literature corpora could conceivably be helpful to me in certain situations as well. More important to me than the federation of this content is the ability to have manuscript and woodblock versions of Buddhist texts indexed and readable alongside what is already digitized in CBETA.
- Carrie would be happy to have an opportunity to develop any of her concepts in collaboration with others.