An introduction to the emerging field of digital history, with examples taken from the Founders and Survivors project, a database of the 40,000 convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land between 1803 and 1853.
Digitising the paper panopticon
University of Melbourne
linux.conf.au, January 2009
Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, 1968
One can venture to prophesy, looking forward to the
quantitative history of the 1980s, that in this area at
least, tomorrow’s historian will have to be able to
[program] a computer in order to survive.
‘stealing some bread’
or: ‘administering poison to my wife on a piece of bread’
‘stealing one sheep’
or: ‘bestiality with a sheep in a ﬁeld’
Quantitative data analysis
◮ Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) http://www.tei-c.org/
◮ BaseX http://www.basex.org/
<reportGaol>imprisoned before, bad in every
<offenceStated>having connexions with a Sheep, once
for Apple Stealing 3 Months</offenceStated>
Mary Ann Armstrong
<name>Armstrong, Mary Ann.</name>
<scar location=quot;nosequot;>Scar on Nose.</scar>
<scar location=quot;left legquot;>Scar on left leg.</scar>
◮ Web interface to database.
◮ Parsing textual data into XML.
◮ Sharing data with genealogists.
◮ Tracing descendants of convicts (forwards) ↔ ancestors of
later generations (backwards).
◮ Involvement in WWI, WWII, Vietnam . . . lives of
poor/disadvantaged Australians. Like convicts, soldiers are
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