Paper databases

Many of us recognize that paper based research notes, documentation, and analysis remain an important part of the scholarly toolset across the humanities and social science disciplines, even as options for electronic tools grow.

The above linked blog entry describes one historian’s personal research file and quotes from a recent ITHAKA S+R report on historian’s research practices: “In some instances – though rarer by the day – transcription is the only option available to archival researchers for capturing the content of the sources.”  (p. 11)

This statement rings true for me as I’m in the middle of hiring students for a transcription project to caputure elephant biological data from hand-recorded field data sheets, originally collected in East Africa during the 1960s.

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