SESSION DESCRIPTION FOR SECOND RDA PLENARY, September 2013
RDA’s Digital Practices in History and Ethnography Interest Group was formed in summer 2013, extending from conversation over many years responsive to an array of developments – in the American Anthropological Association around open access issues, for example, within the museum community, and around projects such as Open Folklore, Digital Himalaya and Dissertation Reviews. We are just beginning to enroll members, identify issues for discussion and lay out a work process. This session will be used to develop a work process and plan for the coming year, giving special attention consideration to the ways this group can interrelated with other RDA groups. Members of other groups are welcome. We especially welcome participation by those interested in the special data challenges of the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Data in this area are heterogeneous, often qualitative, found and difficult to categorize, share and integrate. Flexible ontologies, workflows and modes of representation are needed, recognizing the special importance of evolving methodologies and research designs as interpretive research progresses. Deep interdisciplinary collaboration will be required to advance data practices, standards, analytic tools and infrastructure in history, ethnology and allied fields – with transformative implications for both the humanities and data science.