Global Hubs

Summary

The International Institute of Social History (IISH) supports and stimulates collaboratories or virtual research communities in the field of economic and social history. These communities center around specific data and research topics, such as wages and prices, strikes and other forms of labor unrest, and guild and trade unions. By stimulating online cooperation of researchers around the globe, the IISH works towards a new, empirical and non-eurocentric form of global history. Questions that emerge in the creation of collaboratories revolve around data standardization, suitable software, issues of datasharing and preservation of data

Funding

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and sciences

Researchers/institutions

International Institute of Social History and VKS: Jan Kok

International Institute of Social History: Frans de Liagre Böhl, Karin Hofmeester, Jan Luiten van Zanden, Marco H.D. van Leeuwen, Sjaak van der Velden, Kees Mandemakers

Utrecht University: Tine de Moor.

Timeframe

2 years: until December 2009

Description

The 2-year project starts on January 1, 2008. The project aims to optimize the current IISH project websites and to transform them into true ‘hubs’ of international collaboratories. Hubs are seen as both the repositories of the collaboratories’ data and publications and the virtual space where members discuss issues of data standardization or analysis. Currently, seven projects are involved. Creating hubs for these projects involves data standardization for each project, georeferencing data, and converting data into durable formats. Also, documentation needs to be updated and translated. Furthermore, tools will be developed to enhance down- and uploading of data as well as to allow online manipulations and visualization of data (e.g. maps).In collaboration with and sponsored by SURF Foundation, the first task is to choose the most optimal platform for online work at central databases (see Hublab). Finally, in collaboration with the VKS, the process of collaboratory-building as such is analysed.The project
‘Social-technological aspects of collaboratory projects in social and economic history’

aims to report on best practices in this field. and funding agencies, researchers, participants (human subjects) and the public, and corporate bodies.