Welcome to the companion site for Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope, published by Imperial College Press. If you want to buy a copy, you can purchase the First Edition or you can enjoy the expanded and revised Second Edition. Feel free to visit our original live-written fully open draft, which is available through The Internet Archive – and if you like what you see, you can always buy the book! (The draft was originally written using Wordpress + Commentpress; but unfortunately, keeping the various bits and pieces that made that site work, and kept it secure, proved too onerous after several years to keep maintaining. There’s a lesson right there, for digital history. What’s your long term preservation strategy for your digital work?)
For the resources that accompanied the 2015 version, please see the First Edition website. For the discussion of the volume at our book launch at 2015, listen to it here
The second edition, with new co-author Kim Martin is now out in the world! It was published in March of 2022 and is available from World Scientific. The second edition features new datasets, new code, correction of errors, and expansion of possibilities for what and who digital history can be about. Also, do read Dr. Martin’s piece in The Canadian Historical Review 101(4): 622-650 on ‘Clio, Rewired: Propositions for the Future of Digital History Pedagogy in Canada’. DOI: 10.3138/chr-2020-0021.
This current website was made with the static website generator ‘Postcards’, a package for R by Sean Kross. It creates a simple one-page website from a static text file. This should prove longer lasting than our former Wordpress setup.