Data Praxis (Interview)
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by data librarian superstar Thomas Padilla for a new column he’s starting at dh + lib called Data Praxis, which he hopes will showcase folks working with humanities data at all steps in the pipeline.
Based on your comments and prior blog posts such as, “Tidy (Art) Historical Data”, it seems that you put a great deal of care into thinking about how your data and research processes are documented and shared. Perhaps it’s a bit of a brusque way to ask, but what made you care? How did you learn how to care? Who did you learn from?
I started caring because I saw smart people doing it. I still care because I experienced the practical benefits in a real way… On the other side of it, I’ve also had to deal with anti-patterns in documentation. Because I work almost exclusively with data that other people have assembled, I’m painfully conscious of how much the lack of documentation, and/or the assumption that people will only ever use your data the same way that you did, can hinder productive re-use of data.