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That’s a primary source? Yes, of course!

The best way to represent primary sources is by creating a tidy dataset with the document(s). That way, when analyzing the primary source, the raw data has been organized in a way that is both easier for computer softwares to understand and convert as well as having the individual input of each variable standardized in a way that allows for more practical analysis. When working with hand written, highly subjective primary sources, creating a tidy dataset out of the measurable information from that source will help to filter out some, but not all bias that exists within the document. 

The advantages of considering primary sources as data are that it enables the audience to develop a deeper and more personal understanding of the event in question. It also allows for a less biased analysis of the data, instead of multiple eras of bias, there is only one: when the data is from. Also, transcribing primary sources into a dataset creates a wider scope of accessibility for the potential audience of that data. By typing old-timey handwritten documents, it is now possible that those who may have trouble reading cursive will be able to comprehend the writing on the original source. While primary sources may not paint a complete picture of what the subject is, working with primary sources can provide an inside look at the unrefined reactions and opinions of the author. Also, referincing primary sources may uncover quantifiable raw data that may have been removed by the filters of every new analysis. Therefore, while primary sources may not always delineate the entire event, they are great references to have that cover thorough, specific aspects of an event or events. 

Wickham’s principles of tidy data are that each row has only one observation, every column has only one variable, and that each cell has only one value. This provides for an analysis of the data in a way that is both efficient and effective. In the tidy dataset that I had recently created, it was difficult to document the data in a way that met all of these requirements. While creating the dataset, I had to constantly reevaluate the variables and observations in a way that prioritized the efficiency and effectiveness that is appropriate in order to create the standardized version of a tidy dataset. However, looking at the dataset when it was finished, I was able to locate a specific value in a much faster time than when it was written on the original document. This made for much quicker analysis, as I was able to focus solely on analyzing similar values of observations rather than spending a lot of time trying to simply locate each individual piece of data.  

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What Google Says About Me

When I Google myself, the first things that pop up are my personal social medias, all of which are private, and a Pinterest account I forgot the password to in middle school. There are also a lot of old projects that I did in middle and high school, as well as social medias of distant family members and people with the same last name as me. On the last few pages of the result, there is only one accurate search result of me, and it is a newspaper article of all the seventh graders who made honor roll that year. These results do not really reflect who I am very much, as there is really no modern representation of who I am on the Google Search page. Most of the top results are private, personal social medias that I do not post much on or business ventures of those who share the same last name as me. Most, if not all, accurate search results are almost exclusively from my time as a preteen in middle school. If someone that I just met were to Google me, it would not be a good way for them to perceive me. Potential employers may get the wrong idea of my personality and values and may look past me. Also, potential friends may think that I am immature and don’t have any passions because you can only find results from almost a decade ago. They would think that I was still interested in the things that I liked when I was 12 (thanks Pinterest) or they would take me as an Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist named Brian.

This website will help me control what the results will show up when people first Google me. I will be able to share with people my online identity in a way that does not reflect the ideas and attitudes of twelve-year-old me (again, thanks Pinterest). The Google Search page will, hopefully, soon have this website as one of the first results, so that those who Google me do not only have an archive of my academic and culinary adventures as a tween. Also with this website, I will be able to learn how to create and modify my online presence, whether it continue to be with this website or another online platform. I will develop the skills required to maintain a professional presence on the internet. And maybe, one day, that forgotten Pinterest password won’t come back to haunt me every time someone looks me up on Google.