Today I was Sherlock

     I thought that the activity we did today was the most fun so far of what we've done here at the Lab. Taking information and figuring how the information fits together like a puzzle piece is so very fascinating. You can't just take the information given to you and write it out. You have to think about it, and understand it first, because historical data is not always one hundred percent sure. People are not infallible and so their reports will not be perfect. Some of the data from separate data bases could be conflicted based on a different interpretation of primary sources. If they are you have to be able to decipher the information and figure out the most accurate data. Unless you have a primary source specifying the exact date, you are most likely going to have to make conjectures about its validity. So today, I got to be Sherlock. I got to make those conjectures about data, and figure out not just the broader picture of the puzzle, but how to put them together in a way that made sense to me, the computer, and other people who will look at the data. 

     It was actually sooooo much fun! I reallly enjoyed it. The time flew, and I am hoping to be able to do this more often. It was very interesting and challenging. It was kind of like playing history sudoku.