Discussion Leaders: Harris-Scott and Lindsey
- Trevor Owens, “Defining Data for Humanists: Text, Artifact, Information or Evidence?,” Journal of Digital Humanities 1, no. 1 (March 16, 2012), http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-1/defining-data-for-humanists-by-trevor-owens/
- Posner, Miriam. “Humanities Data: A Necessary Contradiction.” Miriam Posner’s Blog, June 25, 2015. http://miriamposner.com/blog/humanities-data-a-necessary-contradiction/
- Dan Cohen, “Eliminating the Power Cord,”
- Hadley Wickham, “Tidy Data,” Journal of Statistical Software 59, no. 10 (August 2014), http://www.jstatsoft.org/article/view/v059i10
- Roberts, Spencer. “Spreadsheets for Historians.” Spencer W. Roberts, August 12, 2014. http://swroberts.ca/academic/spreadsheets-for-historians/
- Groot, Len De. “Intro to Cleaning Data.” Knight Digital Media Center, 2014. http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/cleaning-data/
- McMichael, A. L. “Intro to Data Cleaning and Visualization Tools Handout.” GC Digital Fellows, March 17, 2014. http://digitalfellows.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2014/03/17/intro-to-data-cleaning-and-viz-handout/
- Padilla, Thomas. “Just Good Enough: Text Data from the Archive.” Thomas Padilla, April 15, 2015. http://www.thomaspadilla.org/2015/04/15/justgoodenough/
- ———. “Tutorials.” Thomas Padilla. Accessed June 10, 2015. http://www.thomaspadilla.org/tutorials/
- Assemble and clean a set of data related to your work (at least 30 rows). Consider the following repositories for data that might relate to your project (HT Lincoln Mullen’s Clio 3 syllabus):
- National Historical GIS: “tabular U.S. census data and GIS boundary files from 1790 to the present.”
- IPUMS-International: “harmonized data for 1960 forward, covering 560 million people in 258 censuses from around the world.”
- IPUMS-USA: “Harmonized data on people in the U.S. census and American Community Survey, from 1850 to the present.”
- IPUMS-CPS: “Harmonized data on people in the Current Population Survey, every March from 1962 to the present.”
- North Atlantic Population Project: “Complete-count data from 1800s censuses of Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the U.S.”
- Hathi Trust Digital Library data and APIs for digitized books and serials. See also the features extracts.
- Digital Public Library of America API.
- Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, 1789-present.
- International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set: contains ships logs.
- Historical Census Populations of Counties and Incorporated Cities in California, 1850–2010.
- Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset.
- Book MARC records from Scriblio.
- Clergy of the Church of England Database.
- Geonames: the GeoNames geographical database covers all countries and contains over eight million placenames that are available for download free of charge.
- Association of Religion Data Archives.
- Historical Demographics of US Religion
- Project Gutenburg has plain-text versions of many public domain books.
- Project GITenberg has many of the same book available via Git.
- Clubb, Jerome M., William H. Flanigan, and Nancy H. Zingale. Electoral Data for Counties in the United States: Presidential and Congressional Races, 1840–1972. ICPSR08611-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-13. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08611.v1
- Write a blog post that reflects on your experiences working with historical data.
Proposal Reviews Due: October 23, 2015