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July 21, 2017
This is a lightly edited version of a talk that I gave to junior and senior high school students who were attending the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Sciences Data Scholars Summer Immersion Program on July 20th. My goals for the talk were to give them a bit of an intro to textual data — but also to touch on the stakes of data work, and on the fact that there are significant ways to participate in data work that aren’t just about programming. I wanted to say more than just ‘working with textual data is cool, y’all!’ Many thanks to Athena Hadjixenofontos for giving me the opportunity.
The title of this talk isn’t actually an error, or just a placeholder that I forgot to get rid of when I was making my slides. We’ll come back to the reason for it near the end of this talk.
Hi, I’m Paige, and I work in Richter Library, in an area called Digital Humanities. That area often involves working with various sorts of data. As a librarian, sometimes I do my own research, but a lot of the time, I’m helping other people with their research; helping them figure out what kind of data they have, or can create, and what to do with it. Several months ago, someone asked me if I was a data scientist, and I was completely caught off guard. And they said “well, you work with data, right?” And I replied “yeah, but…” I really didn’t know what to say. And that, too, is something that we’ll come back to later.
A new blogging space.
July 20, 2017
I started playing around with the idea of moving to a Jekyll blog in spring 2016, and I’ve finally settled on this one. I’ve opted not to move over the posts from my older WordPress blog, though, because reformatting them for this particular Jekyll theme and its capabilities was more work than was worthwhile (as was dealing with the URL redirects.)