Workshop: Capturing Research Data Creation and Use

CAPTURE invites researchers and practitioners interested in research data management and documentation to a half-day online workshop on Nov 24, 2020 to discuss paradata and provenance, documentation of research data and research data creation and use in archaeology and beyond.

The workshop approaches the paradox that we might know a lot about research data in different domains but not that much about how it came into being from different perspectives relating to multi-disciplinary research on research data and documentation. Documenting the origins and different processes related to working with and using research data, and collecting and preserving provenance metadata and paradata alongside with metadata has proven to be a difficult task. 

Date and time

Nov 24, 2020 9.00 am to 12.15 pm CET

Registration and fees

The registration is required at login but is free of charge. 


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09:00-09:15    Welcome and introduction
09:15-09:45    Melanie Feinberg (UNC at Chapel Hill and University of Copenhagen)
09:45-09.50    Coffee and time for a short pause exercise
09:50-10:15    Isto Huvila, Olle Sköld, Zanna Friberg & Lisa Börjesson (Uppsala Univ.)
10:15-10:30    Mats Dahlström (University of Borås)
10:30-10:55    Åsa Larsson (The Swedish National Heritage Board)
10:55-11:20    Daniel Löwenborg (Uppsala University)
11:20-11:25    Coffee and time for a short pause exercise
11:25-11:45    Fredrik Gunnarsson (Linnaeus University)
11:45-12:15    Closing discussion

Abstracts and slides

Melanie Feinberg
A mistake on my Mastercard

Description: Sometimes, it seems like we substitute one name for another and not change the underlying data. But other times, substituting one name for another seems to change the data a lot! In this presentation, I use the story of a misspelled name on a new credit card to think about naming decisions as a kind of paradata. 

Isto Huvila, Olle Sköld, Zanna Friberg & Lisa Börjesson
Capturing paradata

CAPTURE project members discuss briefly the on-going work in the project, current findings and perspectives to paradata, research data creation and use.

Mats Dahlström
Digitized library collections: do we know what we see on the screen?

Scholarly users of digital reproductions (so-called facsimiles) in digitized collections tend to approach the reproductions on a face value basis, but how can they be certain that what they see on the screen is "the same" as the physical source document the reproduction purports to reproduce? Digitizing institutions may provide keys for the user to unlock this kind of digital provenance, where paradata and metadata will be important, together with e.g. extant project documentation, paratextual material, and access to the uncompressed master files from which the reproduction presented on screen derives.

Åsa Larsson
Analogue practices, digital methods. The context of documentation in Swedish contract archaeology

Daniel Löwenborg 
Urdar - a research infrastructure for Swedish archaeological excavation data

The rich heritage legacy from archaeological excavations in Sweden is largely inaccessible for data driven research. The Urdar project will ensure that digitally born documentation from excavations will not be lost to posterity and that it will be findable for researchers through linked data and open archives. Urdar will bridge the divide between the heritage sector and the universities and facilitate research on the main empirical information for archaeology. Digital excavation documentation is a prime resource for exploring long-term perspectives in many different fields of research. Urdar will incorporate the FAIR principles, ensuring the results from field archaeology are primed for incorporation in a wider European framework of archaeological infrastructures through the use of common open standards and formats.

Fredrik Gunnarsson
Dead or Alive – Challenges for Swedish Contract Archaeology to Produce Relevant Knowledge in a Digital World

Swedish contract archaeology are in the middle of a vast digitalisation process. The archaeological practice are affected on many levels ranging from field practices to long term preservation of data. This paper examines how the sector cope with these changes and what it means for contract archaeology’s ability to produce knowledge for the present and the future.

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