Humanities Data in the Library: Integrity, Form, Access

Written by: Thomas Padilla

Primary Source : Thomas Padilla, March 16, 2016

Happy to share that, “Humanities Data in the Library: Integrity, Form, Access”, was published by D-Lib Magazine yesterday. The article captures a good deal of what I’ve been working on over the past couple of years and projects forward for additional possibilities in this space. Great to have this see the light of day, even better to have yet another opportunity to highlight the work of folks that I admire.

“Where traditional library objects like books, images, and audio clips begin to be explored as data, new considerations of integrity, form, and access come to the fore. Integrity refers to the documentation practices that ensure data are amenable to critical evaluation. Form refers to the formats and data structures that contain data users need to engage in a common set of activities. Access refers to technologies used to make data available for use. In order to inform community steps toward developing Humanities data collections, the following work advances principles derived from practice that are designed to foster the creation of data that better supports digitally inflected Humanities scholarship and pedagogy. Following advance of these principles, a wider field of Humanities data collection models are considered for strengths and weaknesses along the axes of integrity, form, and access. The work closes with a consideration of Humanities data futures that spans questions of discoverability, terms and conditions limiting access, and the possibility of a Humanities data reuse paradigm.”

Padilla, Thomas. “Humanities Data in the Library: Integrity, Form, Access.” D-Lib Magazine 22, no. 3/4 (March 2016). doi:10.1045/march2016-padilla.
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Thomas Padilla
Thomas Padilla is Digital Humanities Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. Prior to his move to Michigan he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign working at the Scholarly Commons and the Preservation Unit of the University Library. Prior to that he was at the Library of Congress doing digital preservation outreach and education. Thomas maintains diverse interests in digital humanities, digital preservation, data curation, archives, History, and interdisciplinarity. His work and projects often map to these areas of interest.