"In the digital age, data is the raw material on which discoveries are built" (via SPARC)
Many humanists hear "data" and assume they don't have it, but humanities data can take many forms, including images, music, poetry, short stories, and more. It is not necessarily quantitative, and despite the quote above, it is not necessarily digital.
Some helpful introductions to Humanities Data
“An Introduction to Humanities Data Curation” by Julia Flanders (Northeastern University) and Trevor Muñoz (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities)
"Humanities Data: A Necessary Contradiction" by Miriam Posner (UCLA)
"Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities" by Christof Schöch (University of Trier, Germany)
Federal grant-funding agencies often require "data management plans" (DMPs) alongside grant applications to receive funding. It is important to properly assess, document, store, archive, and share your data - it will save you headaches down the road by making it easier to find, use, and analyze your data in the long term, as well as facilitate collaboration with colleagues.
Several universities and organizations are developing the DMPTool to help researchers meet new data management requirements from many U.S. funding agencies. The DMPTool will help researchers:
This is a selected list of humanities data sources with a focus on resources designed for computation. (Researchers may also want to explore primary sources, which can also be humanities data.) No list of data sources could ever be complete. Please contact your subject librarian or the DH librarian for guidance on identifying more specific data sources.
Merritt Repository service that enables UC users to manage, archive, and share digital content including data; can be used for long-term preservation, sharing, or meeting a grant’s data sharing and preservation requirements.
dash A self-service tool to archive and share your research data for accelerated advancement of knowledge
eScholarship Open-access publishing platform containing scholarship, including working papers, peer-reviewed journals, monographic series, paper/seminar series, postprints, and conference proceedings, generated by UC departments, centers, and research units.
EZID A service for researchers and others to obtain and manage long-term identifiers for digital content including data, which makes digital objects easier to access and verify, thus increasing re-use and citations; contact Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) for more information.