Research Assistant – Economic history
Duanaire, Whitaker Institute
Ref. no. NUIG 024-15
[Please note the closing date for this position has now passed.]
Duanaire at NUI Galway invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time fixed-term (12 months) position as a Research Assistant to begin in April 2015. Duanaire aims to open up a wealth of Irish economic history data, and in particular, Irish historical fiscal and trade data, by making accessible online a range of datasets in flexible forms for diverse audiences. Duanaire is led by Dr Aidan Kane (Economics at NUI Galway) and partners with the Whitaker Institute, the Moore Institute, and the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.
For details of this position, and how to apply, follow the link below:
Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00pm Monday 16th March 2015
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.
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.