Statistical Accounts of Scotland

As Service Owner for the Statistical Accounts of Scotland, I  headed up a team managing this fabulous resource which makes available a set of over 900 parish reports dating from the 1790s to the mid-nineteenth century. As the site says these are “among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe. They offer uniquely rich and detailed parish reports for the whole of Scotland, covering a vast range of topics including agriculture, education, trades, religion and social customs.”   As part of the Editorial Board, I was always very aware of the fact that this huge and huegly rich dataset held enormous untapped potential for text and data mining…. maybe one day I’ll find a way of getting a project like that started!

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