Key Terms for PECE: General Introduction

Annotation: Annotating an artifact involves responding to a set of shared and evolving questions that are designed to elicit various viewpoints about the artifact. In the vocabulary of literature (the humanities field most akin to our tradition of anthropology), you can think of annotating an artifact as “reading” an artifact. Each reading, performed by different individuals, produces different interpretive insights that broaden and deepen the collaborative analysis of an artifact.

Analytic: An analytic is a question designed to elicit various viewpoints about the artifact. Questions can be categorized into Structured Analytics (named sets of questions).

Artifact: An artifact is the basic unit of data on PECE. Artifacts represent materials that an ethnographer determines to be data relevant to the site; this can include documents, images, audio, videos, and web sites, which could include field notes, interviews, news articles, journal articles, films, etc.

Group: Groups are workspaces where several individuals can contribute content, share a field diary, write collaboratively, and publish essays.

Project: A project designates a research project that the platform is being used to scaffold. You can use this content type to describe when a project starts and ends, its institutional affiliation, and its funding source.


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