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Title CEDAR From fragment to fabric ? Dutch census data in a web of global cultural and historic information
Period 09 / 2011 - 12 / 2014
Status Current
Dissertation Yes
URL http://ehumanities.nl/ceda_r/
Research number OND1346879
Data Supplier Website ehumanities

Abstract

Currently, Europe is confronted with industrial restructuring, migration, an ageing population and financial crisis in a world of accelerated change. Learning from (social-economic) history helps to understand the inter-relation between macro-economic change and individual lifestyles, policy regimes, labour markets, communities and national wealth. However, sources of historical information about the lives of individuals, communities, and nations are still scattered. This project takes Dutch census data as its starting point to build a semantic data-web of historical information. With such a web, it will be possible to answer questions such as: - What kind of patterns can be identified and interpreted as expressions of regional identity? - How can patterns of changes in skills and labour be related to technological progress and patterns of geographical migration? - How can changes of local and national policies in the structure of communities and individual lives be traced? Census data alone are not sufficient to answer these questions. This project applies a specific web-based data-model exploiting the Resource Description Framework (RDF) technology to make census data inter-linkable with other hubs of historical socio-economic and demographic data and beyond. Pattern recognition appears on two levels: first to enable the integration of hitherto isolated datasets, and second to apply integrated querying and analysis across this new, enriched information space. Data analysis interfaces, visual inventories of historical data and reports on open-linked data strategies for digital collections will be some of the results of this project. The project will also produce generic methods and tools to weave historical and socio-economic datasets into an interlinked semantic data-web.

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Supervisor Prof.dr. C.A. Mandemakers
Co-supervisor Dr. O.W.A. Boonstra
Co-supervisor Dr. K.S. Schlobach
Researcher Dr. C.D.M. Guéret
Researcher Prof.dr. F.A.H. van Harmelen
Project leader Dr. A. Scharnhorst
Doctoral/PhD student A. Ashkpour
Doctoral/PhD student A. Meroño Peñuela

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Program e-Humanities

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