Historians have collected extensive experiences with the quantification of serial historical sources such as registers. Quantitative approaches history and its derivatives were increasingly used in beginning in the 1950’s and reaching the height of their popularity in the 1970’s. The idea of a quantifiable past with its promise of reproducibility and thereby adherence to the scientific method seemed within reach. It is however considerably more difficult to extract quantifiable data from narratives. In this session you will get hands-on experience with the extraction of network data from a first-person narrative of a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, based on methods developed in Qualitative Data Analysis.
— make sure that you bring a laptop to this session —
- Trevor Owens: Defining Data for Humanists: Text, Artifact, Information or Evidence?, http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-1/defining-data-for-humanists-by-trevor-owens/
Ansley T. Erickson: Historical Research and the Problem of Categories: Reflections on 10,000 Digital Notecards, http://writinghistory.trincoll.edu/data/erickson-2012-spring/
John Theibault: Visualizations and Historical Arguments, http://writinghistory.trincoll.edu/evidence/theibault-2012-spring/
- Ralph Neumann: Memories from My Early Life in Germany 1926 – 1946 (pages 1-20), link to pdf
Code matrix for relations:
Code matrix for attributes:
Here is the shortened version of the codebook
Start on page 15 of Ralph Neumann’s text. Read through the page carefully then begin coding the relations he describes.
Tools of the day (Patrick)
- SQL (Patrick)
- MaxQDA sample, http://www.maxqda.de/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Screenshot-Anzeige-de.png
- MaxQDA, http://www.maxqda.com/
- Atlas.ti, http://www.atlasti.com/index.html
- Nvivo, http://www.qsrinternational.com/products_nvivo.aspx