World-Historical Dataverse Colloquium, 27 March 2012

World-Historical Dataverse (
World-Historical Dataverse Colloquium
University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Athletic Association

March 27, 2012

Project Vision: The World-Historical Dataverse (WHD) project ( aims to create a comprehensive set of data on social-scientific, health, and environmental data for the world as a whole – as well as for its constituent regions and localities – covering the last four or five centuries.  This global dataset would be of immense value for historical study and for policymaking, but major research breakthroughs are required to advance the project. In particular, creating a methodology for “Space-Time Analysis” may be the most challenging research issue.

Workshop Purposes: A Workshop on World-Historical Dataverse Vision and Research

Please note: online videos of each talk may be accessed through the links on this page

Workshop Schedule

Videotape 1: Morning Session 1 9:45 - 11:15

    The Challenge of History Data (Video run time: 0 min. - 14 min.)
       Patrick Manning (History, Pitt) Lecture slides (display during video)

    Disease, Climate, and Demography in the United States (Video run time: 14 min. - 34 min.)
       Wilbert van Panhuis(Public Health, Pitt) and Daniel J. Bain (Geology, Pitt) Lecture slides

    Disease and Demography in British India (Video run time: 34 min. - 52 min.)
       Siddharth Chandra (Asian Studies, Michigan State University) Lecture slide

    WorldMap: Geospatial Infrastructure for Collaboration (Video run time: 52 min - 1 hr. 20 min.)
       Ben Lewis (Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University) Lecture slides

    Comments (Video run time: 1 hr. 20 min. - 1 hr. 27 min.)
       Donald Burke, Dean, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health

    Discussion (Video run time: 1 hr. 27 min. - 1 hr. 43 min.)

Tape 2: Morning Session 2 11:30 - 12:45

    Historical Data Integration based on Collective Intelligence (Video run time: 0 min. - 20 min.)
       Vladimir Zadorozhny (Information Science, Pitt) Lecture slides

    World-Historical Dataverse: Research Challenges (Video run time: 35 min. - 47 min.)
       Hassan Karimi (Information Science, Pitt) Lecture slides

    Challenges of Data Minning (Video run time: 35 min. - 47 min.)
       Carlos Sanchez (Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Pitt)  Lecture slides

    Comments (Video run time: 47 min. - 59 min.)
       Ron Larsen, Dean of the School of Information Science, U. of Pittsburgh

    Discussion (Video run time: 59 min. - 1 hr. 13 min.)

Tape 3.

    Toward a World of World-Historical Data (Video run time: 0 min. - 15 min.)
       Ruth Mostern (History, University of California - Merced) Lecture slides

    Linking Social Science Theories (Video run time: 16 min. - 38 min.)
       Patrick Manning (History, Pitt), with students from Interdisciplinary Methodology – Jeremy Burton (LIS), Sharon Quinsaat (Sociology), Peter Wood (Theatre)

    Prototyping World-Historical Dataverse: Class Project in CS 1630 (Video run time: 38 min. - 53 min.)
       Liz Marai (Computer Science, Pitt) and members of the CS 1630 class

    Comments (Video run time: 53 min. - 1 hr. 4 min.)
       Rush Miller, Dean and Director, University Library System, Pitt

    Discussion (Video run time: 1 hr. 4 min. - 1 hr. 56 min.)