Working with a partner (assigned in class), complete this scaffolding assignment in whatever format you choose, and upload it into Lyceum (section A) (section B). If you sketch out a data structure, take a picture and submit that. 


DO NOT put your names on your assignments – Lyceum will record your names automatically.


Part I – Assessing the Oral History Data

Look at the oral histories from Museum LA linked on Lyceum. Do not read them all, but make sure to look at a representative sample and over a sufficient number that you have a good sense of what kind of information is contained in each.


Make a list of:

  • What pieces of information did each interview record?
  • How do these pieces of information relate to one another?
  • What other pieces of information might you want to collect?
  • What scholarly questions might you be able to answer with data like that which you collected?

Include this list in your submission.


Part II – Structuring the Oral History Data

By now, you should have started to think about data as more than measurements or scientific experiments.  The last part of this week’s scaffolding assignment will be to come up with a data model for one of the archival collections.


Begin by answering the following questions:

  1. Define the “item” – before you come up with a data model, you want to think about scale. Do you want to create a data model that captures information about the individual interviewed?  The interviewer?  A particular employer?  A particular product?  There is not a right answer here, but you have to pick some kind of scale.
  2. What kind of information comes from the archival objects, and how would you want to capture it?
  3. What kind of information would you want to do additional research to locate?
  4. How do these pieces of information relate to one another?


Finally, draw a data model for your collection.  This is a first stab, so if you want inspiration check out this (very complicated) example:


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