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Combining Statistics and Documents for a Contextual View of Irish History and Culture

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Fredric Gey
University of California, Berkeley

This paper will discuss quantitative aspects of an ongoing research project Context and Relationships: Ireland and Irish Studies. For biographies and other cultural materials, context and relationships are central to humanities scholarship -- Who were the people and institutions mentioned? How were they related? What else did they do? What other materials relate this topic? Where and when did this happen? What else was going on around that time and place? One important feature of context is the quantitative statistics gathered for the time and place. We relate a historical dataset of Irish census data from the 19th and early 20th century to approximately 1/2 million pages of newly digitized Irish scholarly materials (publications in history, culture, architecture, etc) by connections in time and place. The project is a partnership between the University of California at Berkeley and the Centre for Digitisation at the Queen's University, Belfast, which is creating A digital library of core e-resources on Ireland, including back files of 100 journals on Irish culture and history. Berkeley funding is from the USA National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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