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Making research data public: workshopping data curation for digital humanities projects

Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021

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May 21 and May 28, 2021
Part of the
Digital Humanities Summer Institute : Technologies East 2021
(known as DHSITE)

Linking Cultures DHSITE 2021 May 17 to 28, 2021


Increasingly DH researchers have greater access to funding to support large-scale multi-partner projects with diverse digital assets. A lack of formal training opportunities for data curation in multi-site DH teams means that the data produced in these teams is in danger of being lost! This workshop is a good preparation for researchers who must create a data management plan to comply with funding agency requirements.

This workshop will cover all areas of data management including: IP permissions and informed consent, data collection, metadata standards, file sharing, preservation (data deposit), and data sharing through the open data spectrum of access.

Participants will work on their own data curation challenges in break-out sessions and with reference to case study examples presented by a panel of DH scholars and digital asset management specialists:
• Constance Crompton (University of Ottawa),
• Karis Shearer (University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus),
• Matthew Lincoln (Carnegie Mellon University),
• Mikhel Proulx (Concordia University and Indigenous Digital Art Archive)

For those interested in this event but unable to attend, the plenary session will be recorded and made available at a later date.

Questions? Email Chantal Ripp, Research Data Management Librarian (interim): rdm@uOttawa.ca

The lesson plan is designed and delivered by Felicity Tayler (uOttawa), Sarah Simpkin (uOttawa), and Marjorie Mitchell (UBCO).

Registration is now open!
This event is free of charge.
The plenary will have no limit on registration. Registration to the workshops is limited to 60 participants.


Day 1: In addition to the plenary sessions for the whole group, 2 breakout sessions will be held where participants will work on their own data curation challenges. The same cohort of attendees will attend the breakouts together to ensure a continuity of the conversation.

*The plenary session will be offered in English with simultaneous interpretation in French. The workshops and breakout sessions will be offered in English only.*

Day 2: The participants along with the panel of DH scholars and digital asset management specialists will reconvene to co-develop a primer for DH researchers.

*The workshops and breakout sessions will be offered in English. No simultaneous translation will be offered*

May 21 2021 12:00 pm – 16:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

12:00 – 12:15  
Welcoming remarks, with a view toward a collaboratively authored DH data primer

Speaker: F. Tayler

12:15 – 13:15
Roundtable panel: “Learning from examples” DH data curation successes (and failures)

● Constance Crompton: LINCS: Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship
● Karis Shearer: Press Play: Making Spoken Web Research Data Public
● Matthew Lincoln: Humanities Data: The Middle Path for Real-Life Researchers
● Mikhel Proulx: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Ethical Allyship in the Archive

Moderator: F. Tayler

What is your data? Introduction to data curation key concepts

Participants will learn about how to recognize their digital humanities data, and why it is important to map their data work flow so they can make their data public!

Introduction to data management plans in international contexts (DMPOnline (UK), DMPTool (USA); DMP Assistant (Canada)

What is Your Data Flow and Discovery Model?

In a breakout session, participants work individually or in a group.
Participants map their research data at different phases of the project.

How to (ethically) make your data public

Participants will learn how to map their data into 5 categories of access from secure & protected to open license

Intro to Data Papers & Data Journals

What is Your Spectrum of Data Access?

In a breakout session, participants map their data flow models onto 5 categories of access from secure & protected to open license so that outputs such as linked open data, podcast, tutorials, exhibitions and other forms of knowledge mobilization can happen!

Sharing & Feedback session

Break out group facilitators report on themes, sticking points or revelations in their breakout groups.
Discussion on what would be useful in a data primer (define data primer).

Closing Remarks


May 28 2021 12:00 pm – 15:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Welcoming Remarks

Recap of major themes seen on Day 1

Introduction of collaborative Data Primer exercise
Collaborative data primer writing session

Break-out groups are assigned subsections to respond to.

Collaborative data primer writing session (con’t)

Break-out groups are assigned new subsections to review and elaborate

Closing remarks and Q&A


Making research data public: workshopping data curation for digital humanities projects is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

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