Paul Cheney, associate professor of early modern and modern European history and the College, is hosting a one-day workshop that will bring together historians and digital-humanities specialists who build novel kinds of datasets for a variety of uses. The conference will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM, at the Neubauer Collegium, 5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue. RSVP. We will discuss the creative use of large databases in the context of interdisciplinary projects with a focus on those exploring historical social and economic data in their quantitative and qualitative dimension simultaneously. We will showcase various methods currently in use (or in development) that go beyond traditional quantitative methods in order to analyse and visualise data in revealing ways.

09:30 Coffee and Welcome, Paul Cheney

10:00 Jo Guldi (Southern Methodist University), "On the Interpretation of History by Squiggle: Visualizing Change Beyond the N-Gram." Chair: Elizabeth Chaterjeee (University of Chicago)

10:45 Yves Gingras, (Université du Quebec à Montreal) "How Bibliometric Methods Can Map the Global Structure and Dynamics of Science from the 17th to the 21st Century." Chair: Michael Rossi (University of Chicago)

11:45 Loïc Charles (Université de Paris-8) and Guillaume Daudin (Université de Paris Dauphine), "Mapping the World of Eighteenth-Century Commodities with a Multidimensional Database." Chair: Paul Cheney

01:45 Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu (Université de Caen), "Using and publishing a database: the benefits of XML format for an historical research on food riots in the Eighteenth Century." Chair: Allan Potofsky (University of Paris-7)

02:30 Silvia Marzagalli (Université de Nice), "Visualizing Early Modern Trade: The Navigocorpus."  Chair: Alain Bresson (University of Chicago)

03:30 Paul Girard & Guillaume Plique (Médialab, Sciences Po), "Organizing the Reversible Chain of Transformations: from Trade Statistics records to Datascapes."  Chair: Loïc Charles (University of Paris-8)

04:15 Roundtable