Thanks to Claire (Mokrauer-Madden) another CCW graduate school meeting about documentation took place today. Claire circulated a few questions which were useful as a starting point for discussion:
- Do you document your process? Why or why not?
- How do you document your process and/or final output?
- What problems or issues crop up in the area of personal archiving?
- What role does technology play in your documentation?
The discussion has been recorded and a more detailed record may become available at the CCW blog but some points that I thought were stronger follow:
- Creators do engage in documentation in one way or another with some reasons being:
- the value of connecting ideas and concepts,
- the type of documentation depends on what is meant as practice for each creator
- documentation is in itself a type of practice
- documentation can be considered as a house-keeping tool for future output production
- documentation is not necessarily public since private records are common practice
- blog seems to be a popular documentation tool which also allows a timeline to be built
- curation of documentation data can serve requirements for communicating the research to different bodies