Monthly Archives: September 2021

The 3 principles of tidy data are that each variable forms a column, each observation forms a row, and that each type of observational unit forms a table. The intent of the tidy data methodology is to make information appear more legible. This would be useful for gathering historical data. For example, in class, we created a spreadsheet listing data regarding old death certificates. Properly labeling different categories of data is useful for being able to easily read the data. There may also be circumstances where different columns could be merged into one; for the purpose of simplicity. Likewise, some researchers may prefer to have additional categories, for the purpose of detail. So the organization of data is subjective, to some extent. The tidy data set report is a guideline, but not a strict requirement. The content does raise a lot of interesting questions about different scenarios. For example, there…

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Copyright and licenses are important concepts to acknowledge. If one does not comply with copyright and license agreements, then they are liable for a lawsuit. Plagiarism has certainly always been a risk for students, but copyright and license infringement are greater risks. With these concepts in mind, consulting parties associated with a historical topic may be an important tactic for respecting any rules or regulations that relate to the topic of interest. Ownership of online content is another potential barrier for research.  Privacy is a very interesting and relevant topic in this era. Scenarios relating to this subject have surprising implicaitons. For example, there is ambiguity associated with whether or not a social media account is considered to be personal property. I would think that the profiles belong to the organization, not the individual, but people may believe otherwise. This scenario is relevant to anyone that might use historical information…

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