What do you mean, data?!

Aileen Fyfe, Nov. 2, 2015

Do humanities scholars and computer scientists mean that same thing when we talk about ‘data’? Or are we talking past each other? Using examples from her ‘Publishing the Philosophical Transactions’ project, Aileen Fyfe will talk through the sorts of sources historians work with, the information they extract from those sources, how they process and analyse it, and what they might be trying to do with it. Aileen is hoping to stimulate some discussion about when (or whether) that historical information becomes ‘data’, and how standardised data for automated analysis can retain its connection to the complexity and ambiguity of the historical source material. She’s also hoping to learn the best terminology for historians to use for fruitful shared communication with computer scientists.