The Peril and Promise of Historians as Data Creators: Perspective, Structure, and the Problem of Representation

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Sharon M. Leon, Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, shared a working draft of a chapter in progress for an edited collection:

" Public or private, large or small, scholarly engagement with data demands the same kinds of critical interrogation that all other kinds of sources undergo. Scholars can never assume that the meaning of their data is self-evident. Rather than surrendering to the easy assumption that quantification results in a simple reflection of the world as it was, historians would do well to focus on the constructedness of historical sources at every stage of their existence. "

Source: Sharon M. Leon, "The Peril and Promise of Historians as Data Creators: Perspective, Structure, and the Problem of Representation," Bracket, November 24, 2019, http://www.6floors.org/bracket/2019/11/24/the-peril-and-promise-of-historians-as-data-crea...