Spreadsheets, Data, and Survival

Dear Future CURI Researcher, Data entry has a bad rep. Sure, typing in all those records can take a long time, and doesn’t usually make the top ten list of mentally stimulating activities, but when done right, the process can be downright enjoyable. Listed below...

Some Problems Have Solutions

From now on, rule number one is “no shortcuts.” No more trying to do the same work with less effort, no more ending up with a lower quality product. Maybe shortcuts work for some people, but they don’t work for me! Especially not the ones inspired by...

Bringing Data to Life

For the past few weeks, we have been struggling with the same great question that confronts all researchers: how can we bring our data to life? After months of digging in the desert, a team of paleontologists must decide how to display the dinosaur skeleton they...

Maurice Ravel and Paris

Of all the composers at the fore of the early twentieth century, Ravel is one of the most well known. While Poulenc, Milhaud, and Honegger are familiar names among musicologists, Ravel and Debussy have achieved a place in the general public’s vocabulary. Most...

Presentation pt. 2: Blog Edition

The question, “why make maps about music history?” goes back to the question, “why study music history?” The answer is different for everyone, but for me, it is simple: I study music history because the past constitutes the best stories...