Digital Practices in History and Ethnography IG

IG

Group details

Chair(s): 
Kim Fortun, Mike Fortun, Jason Baird Jackson
Case Statement: 
 

About

RDA’s Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group (DPHP-IG) works to advance data standards, practices and infrastructure for historical and ethnographic research, contributing to broader efforts in the digital humanities and social sciences.

 

Goals

-        Advance development of digital infrastructure for historical and ethnographic research through engagement with concrete scholarly practice and projects (such as Open Folklore, the Nunaliit Atlas Framework, the Platform for Experimental and Collaborative Ethnography and Indiana University’s Mathers Museum of World Cultures).

-        Advance conceptualization of the special characteristics and digital potential of humanities and qualitative social science data, including conceptualization of ethnographic and historical research data as  “big data.”

-        Advance capacity to share, integrate, visualize and act with different kinds of data and analyses, including qualitative data and the kinds of analyses produced through historical and ethnographic research.

 

Planned Outcomes & Benefits

-        Build a global network of people involved in the development of data infrastructure for historical and ethnographic research, providing opportunities to share digital tools and project development experience.  Monthly, call-in “project shares” since summer 2013 contribute to this.  

-        Link people involved in development of data infrastructure for historical and ethnographic research to data scientists and technologists, and to people in other research domains involved in data infrastructure development (leveraging the connections provided by RDA).

-        Characterize and recommend best-practice meta-data standards for researcher-created primary data (field notes, recorded interviews, etc.) in history and ethnography.  This will be the focus of the first Working Group spun out of this Interest Group.

-        Characterize and recommend user agreements, citation practices, digital exhibition protocols, and other mechanisms that will facilitate sharing and public availability of historical and ethnographic data (recognizing the need to customize access according to data type and context).

-        Develop an ethnographic project to document and analyze data practices and culture in different research communities, especially as represented in the RDA. The comparative knowledge created by the project can undergird deep research collaboration across diverse fields.

 

Who

Membership in the DPHG-IG includes historical and ethnographic researchers working in diverse fields and settings, including folklore, Arctic Studies, Ancient Studies, and Science and Technology Studies, in universities, museums, national labs, and corporate labs.  Membership also includes librarians, software developers and data scientists interested in the humanities and qualitative social sciences, as well as advocates for open data and systems in these fields. 

Chairs:
    Kim Fortun (Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    Mike Fortun (Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    Jason Baird Jackson (Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University)
 

Status: Recognised & Endorsed

 

Recent Activity

08 Aug 2017

Identifying common services across the Digital Humanities sector and the underlying standards - RDA 10th Plenary BoF meeting

Hello
We've had a BOF proposal accepted for the Montreal Plenary to discuss
common services across the HASS sector. Find more detail here:
https://www.rd-alliance.org/unlocking-australian-archives-rda-10th-plena...
We would like to find some people to present some cases on
services/solutions they have in place or use as defined in the BOF proposal
(or perhaps an update from any relevant IG/WG activity). Are you interested
in presenting a case?

30 Mar 2017

REMINDER: Today 2pm EST, IG-DPHE Call-in about upcoming plenary

Today, we will prepare for the upcoming plenary, discussing which panels may be of interest to the IG-DPHE and which conversations we would like to be involved in.  We will provide an update on the Working Group for Metadata in the Empirical Humanities.  We will also discuss upcoming project and issue shares.  Click here for call-in instructions.

Call-in for DPHE-IG: Preparing for RDA Plenary 9

Thu, Mar 30, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

06 Oct 2016

REMINDER: Project Share with Ian Johnson tomorrow (8AM EST, 12PM GMT)

Reminder to please join us for a Project Share with Ian Johnson, Director of the Heurist Network at the University of Sydney. The call-in will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 8AM EST. Instructions for the call-in are listed below.

1.  Please join my meeting, Oct 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM GMT-4.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/260036685

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

04 Oct 2016

CORRECTION: Project Share at 12PM GMT (8AM EST)

Apologies for the edit. Please join us for a Project Share with Ian Johnson, Director of the Heurist Network at the University of Sydney. The call-in will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 8AM EST. Instructions for the call-in are listed below.

1.  Please join my meeting, Oct 6, 2016 at 12:00 PM GMT-4.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/260036685

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

03 Oct 2016

Project Share, Ian Johnson, Heurist Network

Please join us for a Project Share with Ian Johnson, Director of the Heurist Network at the University of Sydney. The call-in will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 9AM EST (rescheduled from September 22 at the same time). Instructions for the call-in are listed below.

1.  Please join my meeting, Oct 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM GMT-4.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/260036685

19 Sep 2016

Call-in, Ian Johnson, Heurist Network

Please join us for a Project Share with Ian Johnson, Director of the Heurist Network at the University of Sydney. The call-in will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 9AM EST. Instructions for the call-in are listed below.

1.  Please join my meeting, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM GMT-4.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/410657485

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.

16 Sep 2016

Resources for the Joint meeting IG-DPHE and WG-EHM

On September 15 at RDA Plenary 8, we hosted a joint meeting with the WG for Empirical Humanities Metadata.  The session's objectives were;

To inform IG members and other interested RDA participants about the group and its work to date, including progress and activities since the last plenary. We will report on our work on behalf of RDA at the July 2016 Digital Humanities conference in Krakow, Poland.

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