The Persistence of Historical Persistence

Today I’m going to talk about an annual review that Tom Pepinsky and I are doing, on historical persistence! We have a draft up on SSRN (comments welcome!), but I’ll discuss some of the highlights here — Broadstreet readers might be particularly interested in the recent publication statistics for historical persistence papers. Tom and I … Continue reading The Persistence of Historical Persistence

Finding Historical Data IV: A Post with Cool Maps

Update: Thanks to our enthusiastic readers, I've update the post to include a new paper on Economic Maps, and a great data viz using WWII maps from the LOC (that was made after seeing this post!) When we think of collecting data from archives, we are typically thinking of collecting data from books that are … Continue reading Finding Historical Data IV: A Post with Cool Maps

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Interdisciplinary work can be great. In particular, HPE scholars should take note of advances in the digital humanities, which are combining tools like machine learning to analyze large corpuses of text-as-data and images-as-data. The ability to draw on new types of historical sources, across fields, is exciting.  But often the best work in interdisciplinary studies … Continue reading Do you trust this post?

Finding Historical Data II

This week’s post turns once again to practical matters, and continues our series on “how to find historical data.” The first post in the series covered online dataverses, while today’s post will look at sources of digitized data provided by libraries. National libraries are increasingly scanning documents in their collections and providing them online for … Continue reading Finding Historical Data II