The “Holy Grail” of Digital Humanists – Some Thoughts About “Understanding Data” (for Humanists)
When the blog post „Taste the Data” by Jim Casey (CDH Princeton) was nominated for republishing at Open Methods, my reaction was a little bit divided. On the one hand the nomination had my full support, but on the other hand, I couldn’t held back a tiny critical remark: great didactic idea, but … really??? I followed my first impulse to mock the article a little. It seemed too silly to explore “data” with jelly beans, Peeps and various sauces in order to discover important information and structures in a data set. Do most people not take in important information about their environment with their eyes? Isn’t it the same when dealing with data?
Some thoughts about these questions are published in my blog post as guest author at DARIAH Open!