Open data in the arts and humanities

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Talk on open data in arts and humanities research given at DARIAH workshop: "Linked Data and the Architecture of the World Wide Web: Guiding principles for a Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities", on 24th November 2010.


1. Open data in thearts and humanitiesJonathan / @jwygOpen Knowledge Foundation / @okfn 2. What?Why?How? 3. What? 4. open data? 5. data :any information published instructured, machine readable form 6. For example?Biographical dataLibrary/archive catalogue dataJournal index dataEncyclopedia dataDictionary/thesaurus dataGeospatial/temporal dataData on correspondence and so on 7. open :free for anyone to reuse for anypurpose without restriction(see 8. From legal uncertainty... 9. to legal clarity. 10. Why? 11. How might open data be of valuein arts and humanities disciplines? 12. What do we mean byarts and humanities? 13. No single common thread(only family resemblances) 14. How can digital technologies aidresearch in the arts and humanities? 15. Researchers are clever, computers are stupid 16. Digital tools enable us to do some things better... 17. but many things will be done as they were before. 18. What kinds of things couldnew digital tools help us to do better? 19. Enabling large scale collaboration 20. Mapping research/researchers 21. For example:What works have been publishedabout Giambattista Basile?What was published on Schopenhauerin English between 1900-1950? 22. Bibliographica:Wordpress for bibliographies and so on 23. Mapping citations / influence 24. Who read X?Who wrote about X?Who had a copy of a work by X?Who read someone who read X?Who borrowed a book by X?Who attended lectures on X? 25. Historical data:Library lending dataOld lecture listsExhibition cataloguesConcert programmesExtracting data from nachlsse 26. Computer assisted analysis(text mining, contextualisation, ...) 27. For example:Uses of the word democracy inBoston from 1800-1900? thWhich 19 century writers allude toEdward Young in relation to debatesabout authorship and originality?(And where do they mention him?) 28. For example:When does Shakepeare first use theword football?Where does Nietzsche allude to anyof Emersons essays? 29. Scholarship that was previously possible but very laborious 30. Representing complex information in more intuitive ways 31. For example:Graphing relations/citations(e.g. who wrote to who?)Information on maps/timelines(e.g. reception history of Faust) 32. And so on ... 33. Opening up data enables peopleto do interesting things with it 34. Two metaphors:Raw material Infrastructure (soil...) (pipes, electricity, ...) 35. How? 36. 1. Use and promote open licenses 37. For example:CC-BYCC-BY-SACC0OdbLPDDL and so on(see 38. 2. Make open datasets easy to find 39. E.g. register open data on 40. 3. Encourage others to open up 41. 4. Listen to what researchers want 42. 5. Tell people about your ideas 43. Join our open-humanitiesmailing list: 44. jonathan.gray@okfn.org 45. Image credits Pierre Vivants Traffic Light Tree by William Warby The Green Light by Ted Percival Plumbing bits by cmurtaugh Compost 06/08/2007 by suavehouse113 Get excited and make things by Matt Jones These slides are available under a Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike License. While most images are available under an open license (see above) some are used for illustrative purposes and rights may be reserved by their creators.


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