Monday, 12 September 2011

Biographies: The Atlantic Slave Data Network

Biographies: The Atlantic Slave Data Network
Call for Database Contributions, Michigan State University.


The National Endowment for the Humanities has funded "Biographies: The Atlantic Slaves Data Network" (ASDN). The ASDN will provide a platform for researchers of African slaves in the Atlantic World to upload, analyze, visualize, and utilize data they have collected, and to link it to other datasets, which together will complement each other in such a way as to create a much richer resource than the individual datasets alone. To help you better understand our vision we encourage you to visit the project website at : http://www.slavebiographies.org/

Project Directors have recently met with representatives from MATRIX, Michigan State University's digital humanities center, who will create the ASDN website. MATRIX is currently assessing the needs of the ASDN based upon Gwendolyn Midlo Hall's large dataset for Louisiana and Walter Hawthorne's smaller dataset for Maranh√£o, Brazil. But the more examples of datasets we have the better able we will be to define fields, to work through issues of combining data in different electronic formats, and to cope with other challenges we are bound to face. What we need now are additional scholars to share their database structures to help us create and set the parameters of the ASDN.

Any scholars interested in sharing their databases are encouraged to contact the Project Directors at the email addresses posted below.

Databases will not be made public unless permission is granted.

Project Directors:

Gwendolyn Midlo-Hall, ghall1929@gmail.com
Walter Hawthorne, walterh@msu.edu

General Project Information:contact@slavebiographies.org

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