New developments in historical big data: challenges, methods and research opportunities. Lecture, 28 February 2023
CCHS. Calle Albasanz, 26. Madrid
March 1, 2023
18.00 – 19.30 CEST
In this talk the lecturer will present the project Link-Lives, which develops methods for a brand new nation-wide historical population registry in Denmark covering the period 1787-1968, integrating machine-readable historical datasets. As the current civil registration system started in 1968, connecting both will make the reconstruction of up to 10 generations possible. She will present the unique challenges of combining datasets already created and in the making from different origins: ongoing crowdsourcing projects, genealogical collections from private companies, ongoing experiments with automatic recognition of handwriting and existing research databases, amounting rapidly to a hundred million records. She will discuss the methods developed to manage and link these historical records through replicable, transparent, historically accurate and robust methods, building on a combination of domain-expertise and machine learning methods. Finally, Revuelta-Eugercios will discuss the current research this new database makes possible within the constraints of the project, as well as the new avenues of research, from history to social and health sciences, that will open up in the near future.
is a Senior Project Researcher at the National Archives of Denmark and a Visiting Researcher at the SAXO Institute at the University of Copenhagen. She is co-PI of the Link-Lives project, funded by the Danish Innovation Fund and the Carlsberg Foundation. The objective is to reconstruct the vital histories and family relationships from historical sources for the period 1787-1968. Her background is in history and historical demography with a focus on mortality inequality and vulnerable populations, as well as methodological approaches to reconstructing historical populations. She has worked at research institutions in Spain, Sweden, France and Denmark in the fields of economic history, demography and history.