"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)
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.
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:
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.
The Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes research data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of data types.
The eScholarship suite of open access publishing services gives UC scholars direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their research. eScholarship Publishing provides comprehensive publication services for UC-affiliated departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars who seek to publish original, open access journals, books, conference proceedings, and other original scholarship.
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.
ORCID is a nonprofit organization helping create a world in which all who participate in research, scholarship and innovation are uniquely identified and connected to their contributions and affiliations, across disciplines, borders, and time. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.
Step by step instructions on how to get your unique ORCID identifier.
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