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More images from our 18th century Irish trade data project

Via slideshare, a presentation about our 18th century Irish trade data project.

This has more images of the source documents, showing how consistently structured they are over the decades. Also, a few slides towards the end about some of the technology tools we’re playing with in anticipation of capturing the full dataset.

DIY economic history data capture


Gathering decent-sized economic history datasets requires learning by doing and making good choices about the tools of the trade. It’s a craft.

Over time, as your skills improve, and as the technology itself becomes better and smoother, new challenges are much more easily handled, and what’s learned can be rolled out, and adapted, and improved, as you tackle more ‘difficult’ datasets.

I’ve converged on a process of data capture which is simple in outline,  applied to various datasets to date, and which I continually adapt. I illustrate it in the image above, for the 18th century Irish fiscal dataset previewed here, but it holds good for much else I’ve tackled.

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