Post-script: Thoughts on Data Lifecycle and the Lifecycle of Anthropological Thought on Data

  • Lisa CliggettEmail author


In her commentary Dr. Cliggett shares her approach to how social scientists can address the mountain of digital data that looms over their research. Citing the chapters of this volume and her own extensive experience, Cliggett argues that without the assistance of professional information specialists and support from universities and other institutions and foundations, the discipline will lose its footing and suffer significant data loss of current and future research.


Archiving Data loss Data management plan File naming 

Works Cited

  1. Cliggett, L. (2002). Multi-Generations and Multi-Disciplines: Inheriting Fifty Years of Gwembe Tonga Research. In R. Van Kemper & A. Royce (Eds.), Chronicling Cultures: Long–Term Field Research in Anthropology (pp. 239–251). Walnut Creek: Alta Mira Press.Google Scholar
  2. Cliggett, L. (2015). Preservation, Sharing and Technological Challenges of Longitudinal Research in the Digital Age. In R. Sanjek & S. Tratner (Eds.), eFieldnotes: Makings of Anthropology in a Digital World (pp. 231–250). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.Google Scholar
  3. Straumsheim, C. (2014). Dedoose Crash Shows Dangers of Handing Data to Cloud Services. Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2014.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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