My project creates the visualization of people’s ‘cognitive structures’ (or mental map) using survey responses, as shown in my previous blog posting. At the end of the summer, I am very happy to share my experience in the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio.
First, I have explored possible options for choosing available programming packages and coding options for my project. Based on my previous knowledge of Stata (advanced) and R (very basic), I have engaged in a self-learning process to learn new codes and apply them to develop my current project. Though it was tedious and time-consuming (in fact, I spent most of my summer on this!), it substantially advanced my programming skills.
Second, in addition to the self-learning, it was a great opportunity to discuss my project with programming experts in the studio, which greatly expanded my perspective. I contacted Nikki in the studio when I confronted any kind of struggles. I often explained what I wanted to visualize and what kinds of messages or stories I would intend to share with the audience. In the discussions with her outside of my field, I could re-evaluate my project with fresh eyes and develop the visual argument of my projects – effectively emphasizing the characteristics of each cognitive structure.
Third, I now get a sense of what digital scholarship means and understand how much it will advance our understanding of interdisciplinary work. Weekly seminars of the summer fellowship program were especially helpful to learn digital scholarships. The seminars covered a wide range of topics such as planning, conducting, evaluating, or mentoring digital projects. Guest speakers shared their ideas and experience of digital projects, which include practical advice to us.
Ji Hye Kim (Ph.D. student, Sociology)