M2LD and the Research
Project Lifecycle
From Metadata to Linked Data
Jennifer Edmond
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Where we ended…
• What to model?
• What to link?
• Digital rot?
• …all questions gesturing toward
the link between technology and
the research process
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The very big question
• How do we get the most out of the
(often sizable) investment of time,
money and intellectual input that
we make in a digital humanities
project?
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Levels of knowledge
Known
Knowns
Known
Unknowns
Unknowns
Unknowns
Unknowable
Unknowns
Research
Questions
Technology
Choices
Standards
Migration
Metadata
Technology
Choices
Dissemination
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A few more questions
• What do you need to know for scoping (best
practice, similar projects, reusable tools)?
• What skills or collaborators (=resources) do
you need for delivery?
• What time or equipment (= more resources)
do you need for delivery?
• Remember: more projects fail because of
planning than technical barriers (the old
trilemma of good/fast/cheap)
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Distinct array of skills required
– Humanities domain knowledge
– Technical design
– HCI
– Data architecture/knowledge
engineering
– Process
– Control
– Environment
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Research as sigmoid
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Longer term perspective
project
proposal
handover
plan
idea
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Where the support is
project
proposal
handover
plan
idea
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A single project
Interpret
assemble
disseminate
gather
prep
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XML markup (Oxygen)
Parallel Markup
Geospatial markup (kml, Google Earth)
Versioning Machine
Collatex
Juxta
TaporWare
Voyeur
OpenCalais
Yahoo Pipes
OWL Ontologies (Protégé)
Sparql Queries (Snorql)/RDF/TTL
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• Where are the possible
connection points between these
technologies/tools and the
research process?
• imagine, design, build,
investigate, document, maintain,
migrate
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A single project
Interpret
assemble
disseminate
gather
prep
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Case Study Framework
• What are the research questions and/or those of the
intended users? Can/should other possible future
users be taken into account?
• Does the research project have the resources it needs
(team/skills/money/time)?
• Where in the research process is there a role for M2LD
technologies? Which ones?
• What are the scope/resource implications of this
adoption (in the short and long term)?
– How well integrated into its environment is the project?
– Who are its stakeholders, and are they engaged?
– Does the project need to raise/lower its ambitions to be
deliverable?
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Case Studies
• 10 minutes: Intro, shuffle, elect rappoteur (not the case
owner)
• 10 minutes: read/review case study
• 10 minutes: questions to case owner
• 20 minutes: discuss within case study framework, in
particular how various technologies *could* be
implemented and whether they *should* be used (but
don’t feel limited to this)
• 10 minutes: assemble report
Coffee at 11!
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Research Process Presentation - Digital Humanities Observatory