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Help with Data Management for the Novice and Experienced Alike

Elliott, Steve and MacCord, Kate and Maienschein, Jane (2021) Help with Data Management for the Novice and Experienced Alike. [Preprint]

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Abstract

With the powerful analyses and resources they enable, digital humanities tools have captivated researchers from many different fields who want to use them to study science. Digital tools, as well as funding agencies, research communities, and academic administrators, require researchers to think carefully about how they conceptualize, manage, and store data, and about what they plan to do with that data once a given project is over. The difficulties of developing strategies to address these problems can prevent new researchers from sticking with digital tools and flummox even experienced researchers. To help overcome the data hurdle, we present five principles to help researchers, novice and experienced alike, conceptualize and plan for their data. We illustrate the use of those principles with two digital projects from the history of science, the Embryo Project and the Marine Biological Laboratory History Project, and their associated HPS Repository for data. The principles apply beyond the digital realm, so those who collect and manage data by more traditional means will also find them useful.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Elliott, Stevestephen.elliott@asu.edu0000-0002-7736-1002
MacCord, Katekmaccord@mbl.edu
Maienschein, Janemaienschein@asu.edu
Additional Information: Forthcoming in: The Dynamics of Science: Computational Frontiers in History and Philosophy of Science, edited by Grant Ramsey and Andreas De Block, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press (volume under contract, expected 2021).
Keywords: data-management, research design, methods, digital humanities, computational HPS
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: Steve Elliott
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2020 01:04
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 01:04
Item ID: 18324
Subjects: General Issues > Data
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18324

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