[T]here is not one single understanding of what “data cleaning” means. Many times the specifics of “data cleaning” are not described anywhere but reside in the general professional practices, materials, personal histories, and tools of the researchers. That we employ obscuring language like “data cleaning” should be a strong invitation to scrutinize, perhaps reimagine, and almost certainly rename this part of our practice.
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Rawson, Katie, and Trevor Muñoz. 2016. “Against Cleaning.” Curating Menus (blog). July 6, 2016. http://www.curatingmenus.org/articles/against-cleaning/.