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Category: Programming for Historians

Mapping Correspondents

When I started to think about trying to map the addresses (well, cities and states/countries) of the correspondents in my manuscript collection, my first visual was the Mapping the Republic of Letters Project, with the lines showing the to and from of the letters. That would be so neat! Until I realized that for me, all roads lead to Liverpool (and very occasionally, Sedgwick near Kendal).

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What can web scraping do for me?

After last week, I was convinced that web scraping (especially with wget) was a nifty tool, but I wasn’t sure how useful it would be to me. After all, most of the data I’m working with and putting into my database is coming from an archive collection which doesn’t even have a detailed finding aid. The names, dates, summaries, and everything else are created by me as I go through the hundreds of photos I take each time I visit the archive.

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Little victories

One little piece of sql code that I’d been trying to make work was bringing data into my join tables from the appropriate rows in the tables to be joined. After some struggles, I had success! The steps (and successful result) are behind the cut, mostly for my memory and the possible benefit of my classmates. 

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Parlez-vous code?

This semester I am continuing the trend of taking a digital (history) class. Although we’re calling it clio3, the name is properly Programming for Historians.…

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