In charge: L. Charles and G. Daudin
Twice a year project meetings
Two internal workshops per year will be occasion to bring the team together and discuss problems and issues faced or envisaged during the project.
Our management of the project will give a large role to collective discussion and consensual decisions. For a large part, management will be tasked-based: we rely on each task leader to organize the work of his team. However, G. Daudin will implicate himself directly in most tasks and will maintain a constant communication between members of the consortium. In addition to this, we have scheduled regular general meetings in which members of TOFLIT18 will share the developments of their research.
Aim: release the integrated database to the public
In charge: Béatrice Dedinger
Deliverable: Integrated public datascape in the first semester of 2017
Result conference in the second semester of 2017
Long-term storage ready database at the end of 2017
We want to create a public datascape that will be a simplified version of the private one and will not include intellectual property from other projects. That should be done during the first semester of 2017. This public datascape will enable academic and a larger public to have access to visualization of significant aspects of the project and enable researchers to use the data and tools developed by the TOFLIT18 team.
To increase the publicity, we will also organize a “result” conference in the second semester of 2017, along with the publication of a book presenting the data. Most of the scientific production of the project, however, is destined to publication in peer-reviewed publications
Finally, we will prepare delivery to a long-term archive institution (e.g. TGE Adonis).
Aim: To increase our knowledge of European trade and the European economy
In charge: Guillaume Daudin
Deliverables: Papers from the end of 2014 to the end of the project
The datascape built in task 1 and 2 will be used by the researchers to explore the database created during the project.
All the members of TOFLIT18 are committed to standard of high scientific quality of their output and to ensure optimal dissemination of their works. In order to achieve this aim, English will be the privileged working language for the papers/texts produced by our team and we will target the most visible journals. Besides the obvious generalist top journals and economics, we will target more specifically the Journal of Economic History Economic History Review, European Review of Economic History, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of International Trade (Economics) and Annales Histoire Sciences Sociales, Journal of Global History, Past and Present (History).
Aim: to design and produce a “private” datascape for the usage of the members of the project.
In charge: Pierre Gervais
Deliverables: Specifications of the private datascape in mid-2014 / First release end of 2014 / Final version of the private datascape in mid-2015 / Methodology conference at the end of 2015
In the process of adapting the data to research questions, we will have the occasion of putting this database in relation with similar external trade databases for other European countries/regions – Great Britain and the Austrian Netherlands – and also with maritime and merchant databases like MARPROF, NAVIGOCORPUS and the Sound Toll Register databases. To do that, we will have to tackle a number of difficulties regarding comparing merchandise names, weights and measures. The main datascape methodolgy has already been described (see p. 17).
We will start by setting up the specifications of the datascape. That should be done both by social scientists (with a preeminent role for Pierre Gervais) and digital method specialists (Paul Girard and the person we will hire at Sciences-Po). It should be achieved by mid-2014. This will provide at least preliminary solutions to the issues of the specification of the datasources; the way collaboration between social scientists will be organized (e.g. how to organize off-line work) ; what will be the preliminary classification strategies? ; How will links between individual and collective classifications be organized? ; What can of use do we want to encourage? What kind of visualisation tools will be developed?
The datascape will then be developed to allow for a first release to the members of the consortium in the second half of 2014. In 2015, the merchandise datascape team will have to import materials from the transcribed trade database and monitor the use of the datascape by social science researchers. That will lead to changes in the original project. We plan a final release of the datascape in mid-2015.
A workshop centered on the datascape and its potential uses will be organized at the end of 2015.
Aim: Build up a national and regional database of French trade, from 1716 to 1821
In charge: Loïc Charles
Deliverables: Exploration of the archives and gathering of digital copies of all the documents: end of 2014 / End of transcription: mid2015
The constitution of the French database will include three sub-tasks.
Loïc Charles and Guillaume Daudin have collected and copied documents from some archives with independent funding. With adequate funding, this task may be done by mid-2014.
The transcription will begin in parallel with the above sub-task and with adequate funding, we plan to complete it and have a cleansed Excel file by mid-2015.
Loïc Charles will be assisted by a hired staff working at INED. The latter’s job will be to the sub-contractors through O’Desk and their output, that includes reading the transcripts of the original documents made on Excel, correcting them and import Excel files in the database software we will use.