Primary Sources as Data

Historians can organize primary sources in many different ways, including tidy datasets, which allow for the data to be more clear and accessible. Primary sources, like the “Curator’s Record of Donations to the Cabinet, 1769-1818 Volume 1: 3 February 1769-20 February 1818” by the America Philosophical Society, for example, can be considered “messy” data. While there […]

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Luther P. Jackson High School Historical Roadside Marker

According to the Fairfax County website, Luther P. Jackson High School was the first and only high school in Fairfax County created to serve the African-American community. The school was named after Luther Porter Jackson, a historian, educator, founder of the Negro Voters League of Virginia, and chair for the History Department of Virginia State […]

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Four Literacies

Ethics, privacy, copyright, and licenses are all important considerations when it comes to research and scholarship. Some ethical considerations in conducting data collection research include voluntary participation, informed consent, the potential for harm, and communicating the results. The three common conditions outlined by Andrej Zwitter in his 2014 journal “Big Data Ethics” are causality, knowledge, […]

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