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At one point, those of us old enough to remember will remember, we hoped to build a web in which each person controlled their own information and everyone else could subscribe to it. I think we thought we were going to build something called “the semantic web.” Well, that depended on everyone committing to learning additional competences not only in their respective areas of interest and work but also in communications. Apparently, that didn’t happen, so now we have these various platforms/silos in which we dump our information in hopes of being found. I’m going to count on people knowing which of the following are interesting to them:
- Because I am an university researcher, in addition to my LinkedIn profile, I also maintain profiles at Academia.edu, ORCiD and Thomson-Reuter’s ResearchGate. (There are ID associated with the latter two and hovering over those links will reveal them if your browser is set to “show tooltips.”) For fun, the QR code for the ORCiD is below.
- Social media is an important part of our lives, and I am active on Twitter. I’m also on Instagram. I am also trying out rejuvenating my Tumblr account now that Automattic runs the show there, and I would really like to find an alternative to Facebook, like Diaspora or Mastodon or something like that. (I’ll happily take suggestions.)
- Because I like to make things, and I like to be transparent about it, I also maintain accounts on GitHub for code, Flickr for photos, SoundCloud for the occasional bit of audio, and Vimeo for the equally rare bit of video.
Over the years I have developed a variety of forms both to aid me in my own fieldwork and archiving as well as to help other individuals and organizations in their own work. I keep the forms, and other documents, on Scribd because it’s convenient and they offer several download formats:
- While it’s not a form, a lot of people have asked about interview tips: I have collected, and revised, a number over the years.
- Something I find useful is a Fieldwork Log for keeping track of who, what, when, and where. Especially after my first conversation where I don’t take notes, I like to get back in my truck and just sit with the blank back side of the form and jot down everything I can remember and any impressions that linger in my mind.
- Once I have visited with someone and I know I want to document what they have to say and I have made a recording, I use a Recording Log as I listen to the recording to note down what got said at what time.
- The archive donation form will be less useful to individual researchers, but it is a model about which some archivists have asked.
In order to keep these forms available for public use, all are copyrighted by me, but they are copyrighted under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. What this means is that anyone and everyone is free to use these documents for personal or educational or any other kind of use as long as you are not making money off the forms themselves — so, yes, a business could use these forms for research, no problem. I ask that you leave the URL to this page in place, so that others may also find these forms. I also ask that if you modify these forms in any way that you make them available under the same license. And, of course, if you find these forms useful, please feel free to drop me a note to let me know how they worked for you or what changes I should consider making to improve them. All revisions will be credited.