Creating Templates

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Exercise

Creating Templates

  1. Create a template for an archive log, or for “informal metadata” for a form of interactive data collection in which you anticipate, or are, engaging. Make sure to think hard about what information particular to your project you want to systematically collect. Then choose one of the options below:
    • If you are working independently, consider whether, realistically, you will use your template – is it so complicated that you are unlikely to stick with it? Also, imagine yourself six to nine months in the future trying to remember the data-collection context. What is your template missing that would help you re-conjure that context?
    • If you are taking this course at the same time as someone else whom you know, exchange templates, and critique each other’s. What do you find particularly valuable / useful about your partner’s template? What is missing? What is extraneous?
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    1. There is no “solution” to this exercise. As you look at your (or your partner’s) templates, consider the following: (1) will it be easy to use during your research? (2) will you be able to find relevant information quickly and easily? (3) will the information in your template help someone else to understand your data? (4) what other criteria are important?