Torsten dos Santos Arnold

We are happy to welcome a new member in the project !

Torsten dos Santos Arnold has graduated in Maritime History from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (FLUL) and the Portuguese Naval College in 2014. Since February 2015 he is a doctoral researcher in the DFG Project “The Globalized Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680-1850)” of the Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

The research and analysis of French Trade Statistics is part of his PhD thesis titled “Central European Trade via French and Portuguese Seaports – Trans-National Networks and Merchandise (1714-1831)”.


“The analysis of French and Portuguese trade statistics is part of my PhD project on the importance of commodity flows linking the Early Modern Atlantic World with Central Europe. I also focus on the development of foreign merchant communities and networks namely the Central-European merchants in Nantes, La Rochelle and Lisbon along with the French Huguenots and Portuguese Sephardim in Hamburg. The aim of my research is to obtain qualitative and quantitative data for the observation and definition of political and socio-economic patterns of trans-national trade of the 18th and early 19th centuries.”


Torsten dos Santos Arnold CV

January 8th 2016 meeting

Attending: Loïc Charles, , Guillaume Daudin, Béatrice Dedinger, Pierre Gervais, Paul Girard, Ivan Ledezma, Guillaume Plique,

1. Classifications in Neo4J
We now have a beta version of the algorithm that allows to change
«root» classifications while keeping as many links as possible with
«branch» classification.
We discuss how to best format the result of the algorithm so that it
can be used as a basis for further work
It will be tested on January 21st by Guillaume, Guillaume, Federico and Paul.

2. New Data
No news from Pierre, nor Lyon, nor Dunkerque.

3. Retranscriptions
No news from Marseille
The Eden treaty has been done
Gabriel and Torsten are progressing.
Cyril will treat Bordeaux.
Laura and Loïc’s interns will finish 1789.

4. Verification
Bordeaux, Rouen and Caen have been completed.
Tax information will not be included in Neo4J.
When have to think about a plan for the step by step integration of
new data to make the task manageable.

Nothing new. Things are on track.


On January 21st, Guillaume, Guillaume and Paul will test the algorithm (see point 1) On January 27th and 28th, the médialab will do a development meeting on data exploration. Gregory will be there. On January 29th (all day) there is a «big» TOFLIT meeting (9.30 at the Medialab). The next regular meeting will take place on February 19th, 9.30.