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MOSAIC: Recovering Surviving Census Records to Reconstruct Population, Economic, and Cultural History

 

Start project 

2011-05-26

End Project

-

Main topic

Other

Description

Censuses microdata offer a unique resource for comparative research, because they can be integrated across time and space. The goal of the MOSAIC project is to extend the collection and distribution of historical micro-censuses to Continental Europe, and through this to include regions not covered by large scale data infrastructure initiatives such as  Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) and the North Atlantic Population Project (NAPP).  These regions typically have only partially surviving records, located decentrally in the multitude of local and regional archives. The intention of MOSAIC is to mobilize an intra-European partnership and to generate resources in order to put the pieces back together again.

 

A historical infrastructure will be built in three steps:

  1. Forming a broad European partnership for historical census microdata to recruit members and collect contributions of all nineteenth-century historical census material that has already been digitized. The goal is to identify already existing data files of historical census microdata, to create a centralized depot for such records, and to integrate the latter into a common file format allowing comparative research across time and space (based on IPUMS and NAPP standards).
  2. Inventories of local surviving census material will be commissioned to add to the stock of data already available in some kind of electronic format. These inventories will be created by local historians visiting and communicating with their own local archives.
  3. Statistical sampling schemes will be designed to create low-cost, high value samples from the universe of all surviving census records. These samples will be representative and scalable. The project´s major strategic line is to start with a wide, but relatively low-density coverage of most of Europe, and then move systematically towards comprehensive and high-density data coverage. The efforts will concentrate on those countries without existing 100-percent-samples of historical microdata.

Activities

  • Data collection
  • Data harmonization
  • Data distribution
  • Conferences
  • Workshops

Participants

Austria
  • University of Graz
    • Karl Kaser
    • Peter Teibenbacher 
  • University of Vienna
    • Markus Cerman
    • Josef Ehmer
Belgium
  • KU Leuven
    • Koen Matthij
    • Paul Puschmann
    • Mattijs Vandezande
Bulgaria
  • Institute for Population and Human Studies (Sofia)
    • Antoaneta Hristova
Denmark
  • Danish Data Archive
    • Nanna Floor Clausen
France
  • EHESS-CRH

    • Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux

  • INED

    • Lionel Kesztenbaum
  • University of Rennes 2
    • Fabrice Boudjaaba
  • University of Bordeaux 3
    • Stéphane Minvielle
Germany
  • University of Berlin
    • Sabine Hübner
  • Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg
    • Ulf Brunnbauer
  • Landeshauptarchiv Schwerin
    • Matthias Manke
  • Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
    • Patrick Heady
  • University of Bonn
    • Christian Schlöder
  • University of Frankfurt (Oder)
    • Rolf Gehrmann
  • University of Halle-Wittenberg
    • Georg Fertig
    • Manfred Hettling
  • University of Münster
    • Ulrich Pfister
  • University of Rostock
    • Gabriele Doblhammer-Reiter
    • Stefan Kroll
  • University of Tübingen
    • Jörg Baten
    • Franziska Tollnek
  • Westphalian Society for Genealogy and Family Research
    • Volker Wilmsen
Hungary
  • Demographic Research Institute Budapest
    • Peter Öri
    • Levente Pakot
Ireland
  • National Archives Ireland
    • Catriona Crowe
Italy
  • University of Padova
    • Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna
  • University of Parma
    • Matteo Manfredini
  • University of Sassari
    • Marco Breschi
    • Lucia Pozzi
  • University of Udine
    • Alessio Fornasin
Lithuania
  • University of Vilnius
    • Dalia Leinarte
The Netherlands
  • International Institute for Social History, Amsterdam
    • Kees Mandemakers
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
    • Jan Kok
  • Utrecht University
    • Marco H. D. van Leeuwen
Norway
  • University of Bergen
    • Arne Solli
  • University of Tromsö
    • Gunnar Thorvaldsen
Poland
  • University of Bialystok
    • Piotr Guzowski
Portugal
  • Lisbon University Institute
    • Robert Lewis Rowland
Romania
  • University of Cluj
    • Ioan Bolovan
    • Daniela Detesan
  • University of Bucharest
    • Bogdan Mateescu
Russia
  • Moscow State University
    • Irina Troitskaia
Serbia
  • Institute of History, Belgrade
    • Aleksandra Vuletic
Spain
  • Centre for Demographic Studies, Barcelona
    • Anna Cabré
    • Albert Esteve
    • Joana Maria Pujades Mora
  • Complutense University of Madrid
    • David Reher
  • Spanish Council for Scientific Research
    • Diego Ramiro Farinas
Sweden
  • Demographic Data Base - Umea University
    • Maria Larsson
  • National Archives Sweden
    • Mats Berggren
  • Swedish National Data Service
    • Hans Jörgen Marker
Switzerland
  • University of Geneva
    • Michel Oris
Turkey
  • Istanbul Bilgi University
    • Alan Duben
UK
  • Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure
    • Beatrice Moring
  • Newcastle University
    • Violetta Hionidou
  • University of Cambridge
    • Sheilagh Ogilvie
  • University of Essex
    • Matthew Woollard
  • University of Leicester
    • Kevin Schürer
USA
  • Iowa State University
    • Andrejs Plakans
  • Minnesota Population Center
    • Lara Cleveland
    • Catherine Fitch
    • Patricia Kelly Hall
    • Bob McCaa
    • Evan Roberts
    • Steven Ruggles
    • Matthew Sobek
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    • Joel M. Halpern

Funding body

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Co-ordinator

Siegfried Gruber

Contact details

Siegfried Gruber

gruber@demogr.mpg.de

Links to project

http://www.censusmosaic.org/cgi-bin/index.plx