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Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis: Vision and Work Plan

DOI: 10.5195/jwhi.2013.2

Zadorozhny, Vladimir et al. “Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis: Vision and Work Plan.” Journal of World-Historical Information 1.1 (2013): n. pag. Web.

p.3: This project moves historical analysis into the realm of Big Data by taking historical data resources into the terabyte range. The effort will stimulate efficient research collaboration that will enable systematic large-scale consolidation of diverse historical data sources. Such data, once collected and integrated, will make it possible to test hypotheses about long-term and short-term social change at the global level. -- Highlighted mar 12, 2014

p.4: Crossing boundaries in time and space requires facing heterogeneity: it involves linking terms with changing meanings, linking maps with inconsistent scales, and addressing multiple languages, varying weights and measures. -- Highlighted mar 12, 2014

p.8: To summarize, the Collaborative is to create an infrastructure for retrieving, holding, and analyzing world historical data. The Collaborative will be an institution of sufficient scale and authority to address the analytical and organizational challenges of documenting human society in recent centuries. In the long run, it will develop new data standards that account for heterogeneity, procedures for documenting and integrating heterogeneous data, and permanent housing for both raw and transformed data. It will facilitate cross-disciplinary analysis and visualization, sustaining synergies among researchers in social, health, environmental, and information sciences. It will lead to elaboration of theory to connect existing theories. In organizational terms, the Collaborative will facilitate a campaign encouraging social scientists to collect and submit historical data for shared access and analysis. Out of this campaign there may arise an improved system of reward and recognition for sharing data. The Collaborative will lead good practice in the inevitable debates about the ownership of data and citation and recognition of the contributors of data. -- Highlighted mar 12, 2014

p.9: “What has been the trajectory of development in economy and health?” The issue of development—as measured through social indices—has been a principal topic in social-science analysis. In this study, indices of development are traced for political and social units worldwide. -- Highlighted mar 12, 2014

p.9: Inclusion of data on most areas of the world over time will permit the identification of global and regional interactions in processes of development. Thus the Collaborative can compare the impact of colonization and decolonization worldwide (Gerring, et al. 2011). -- Highlighted mar 12, 2014