I’ve opened this thread as a placeholder for comments on the 18th century fiscal dataset. Please feel free to post comments, questions, suggestions etc., here on that database.
A few information points. As of now, this is a ‘soft launch’ of the site and the dataset, while various bits and pieces are finalised, in advance of a full launch in in few months.
One particular issue on the IT side that we’re working on, is to get working DOIs (digital object identifiers) in order to be able to cite the datasets with a unique and unchanging identifier: the DOIs you may see quoted here are temporary (for testing purposes). There’s probably no point in referring to any of these (yet) as they won’t in fact work! Hope to sort this out before long.
More substantively, there are a few gaps in this 18th century dataset (e.g., some large elements of expenditure are missing for around 1697-1702), and above all, this not yet complete or fully usable without some documentation, including a user guide/code book. I’ll also post all of the underlying data on the data server, and not just the basic summary file available for download now. My hope is get through that agenda in the next few weeks. Then I aim to deliver online my three other datasets (two relating to 20th century Irish public finances, one to 19th century local government finances) in the next few months, with a ‘proper’ launch after that.
But in the meantime, all feedback and queries are very welcome.