Historical record linkage on the Isle of Skye: A colloquium for historians and computer scientists

(2016) Skye Data Linkage event

Other information: The Digitising Scotland team were presenting 'Historical record linkage on the Isle of Skye: A colloquium for historians and computer scientists' at the Skye Data Linkage event for PhDs and early careers researchers. The workshop brought together teams of computer scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, Herriot Watt and ANU together with demographic historians from Cambridge, Albany, Madrid and Edinburgh. Much of the workshop was spent in dialogue between the historians and the computer scientists, to learn each others language(s) and ways of thinking. The historians realised that not everyone can read historic documents and that data can be organised and thought of in a myriad of ways. The computer scientists learned that very little historical data is straight forward and that historians don't look at data in the same way at all. Progress was made and mutual understanding moved forward. A further activity, a 'hackathon' was arranged to follow up the event.

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