Thinking & drafting & drafting & drafting

In the midst of developing work on the Data Re-Use Charter I mentioned in the previous post, I am discovering a new way of developing ideas, which does not involve taking notes, reading long books, and writing complex argumentations. While the first idea of the Charter was tending towards a final product that would be a one-page paper one can physically sign, it soon evolved towards a web page, and then towards a modulable web page. On this web page, each of the different actors invited to join in the Charter partnership has to sign in and then select the blocks of text he/she wants to be identified with. Developing the Charter and its elements means developing a web page with bifurcations and options, trying to find a balance between transparency of interface structure and freedom of expression. Like my last post showed, this means going through a series of use cases. But it means also finding a strong theme and a way of presenting it that will lead the user through the different modules he/she has to pick from. Continue reading “Thinking & drafting & drafting & drafting”

Lost in Digitization? Go to the Data Re-Use Charter!

The realization of the DARIAH Data Re-Use Charter, which was not much more than a nice idea last March, has gained momentum over the past weeks. With increased manpower, we hope to have the actual Charter up and running about a year after the idea was first drafted and presented. I am used to working fast, but this is going very fast, even for me. It also requires quite some intellectual flexibility to see ideas come and go, be filtered, developed, abandonned, new ideas being introduced… The work to be done is on the one hand very conceptual (always keeping in mind what’s in there in terms of systemic advantages for each actor) and on the other hand very down-to-earth, trying to figure out how what we suggest will offer a solution to a concrete issue they encounter.

The general idea of the Charter is to fluidify the relationships between Cultural Heritage Institutions, Scholars, Equipments, Data Centers and Research Institutions, who all work on digital data based on objects preserved by Cultural Heritage Institutions. By allowing a simpler communication between all of these actors, the aim is that all of them have their work better recognized and the data is preserved, enriched and used in a much more stable and transparent way.

Let me take you on a journey through a couple of use cases. Continue reading “Lost in Digitization? Go to the Data Re-Use Charter!”

Shadow in the night (bliss)

I had the pleasure, honour, happiness, you name it, to print my PhD candidate’s works today to put them in my holiday luggage. And for two of them, I had to actually bind them in order for the leaves to stay together.

The progress of their scholarly work is reaching a new stage of reality. Now I see these meanders of sources, discussions, structures changing (or not), additional readings adding confusion, but then clarity, become something of its own, after wondering for a long time what I should do to make that happen. Obviously, the advisor has a small impact on the reality of a dissertation, being more like a presence than like a guide really, since the whole point of the thing is to become your own guide. So it’s more like the advisor is a shadow in the night, standing by the wall just in case, under some dim street light. Well, you never know. Might need help after all. Or not. Continue reading “Shadow in the night (bliss)”