Folklorists and ethnologists document cultural expressions and collect large amount of data in their professional life. In this workshop, participants will learn basic principles and best practices of field data management, and develop skills necessary for field researchers in the information age.
Conducting fieldwork is the essential part of being a folklorist or an ethnologist. We document cultural expressions and collect huge amount of data in our everyday professional life. Managing the data we have collected may feel overwhelming. Having to organize and make sense of hundreds or thousands of files, ensuring we have ability and equipment to open those files years later are just a few of many challenges researchers face. How do we manage fieldwork data? In this workshop, participants will learn basic principles and best practices of field research data management, including file format conventions, file versioning, best practices creating metadata, and other practical skills necessary to use fieldwork data efficiently. Utilizing a sustainable approach to fieldwork data management will make it possible for researchers to use and reuse it, as well as to make it available for other audiences. It is our responsibility not only to our discipline, but first and foremost to the people we study and who let us learn from them.