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The nature of humanities and social science data

Digitizing the products of human culture and society poses intrinsic problems of complexity and scale. Thecomplexity of the record of human cultures—a record that is multilingual, historically specific, geographically dispersed, andoften highly ambiguous in meaning—makes digitization difficult and expensive. Moreover, a critical mass of information is oftennecessary for understanding both the context and the specifics of an artifact or event, and this may include large collections ofmultimedia content: images, text, moving images, audio. Humanities scholars are often concerned with how meaning is created,communicated, manipulated, and perceived. Recent trends in scholarship have broadened the sense of what falls within a givenacademic discipline: for example, scholars who in the past might have worked only with texts now turn to architecture and urbanplanning, art, music, video games, film and television, fashion illustrations, billboards, dance videos, graffiti, andblogs.

The archive of the University of Southern California’s USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History andEducation

is a good example of the value of critical mass or functional completeness.The tale of what happened to one or two families, in one or two villages, in one or two countries, during the Holocaust is worthrecording and disseminating. But we can gain far more knowledge from the record of some fifty-two thousand testimonies. In history,art history, classics, or any other scholarly enterprise that benefits from a comprehensive comparative approach, quantity canbecome quality.

The problems of digitizing cultural documents are multiplied when these documents have many audiences. Within thesocial sciences and humanities, there can be numerous subject specialists who want access to the same sources for differentreasons. For example, the Roman de la Rose Project, a stunning digital collection of the major illuminated manuscripts of theRoman de la Rose, a popular medieval literary work,

Johns Hopkins University and the Pierpont Morgan Library, Roman de la Rose (External Link) .
is used by literary scholars, art historians, linguists, social historians, andpreservation specialists, each of whom has a different disciplinary perspective and vocabulary. Students and the general public oftenuse such documents as well, and since those audiences want further contextualization, the data or evidence itself needs to carry,within itself, more self-description and more cues about the context in which it belongs.

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
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Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
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Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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