Friday, February 6, 2015

Web Resource: Clio Infra: Reconstructing Global Inequality


Given that the theme of the upcoming BHC/EBHA joint meeting is "Inequalities," the moment seems particularly apt to highlight a new website, Clio Infra: Reconstructing Global Inequality, which constructs long-term economic series on a broad set of quantitative indicators of global well-being. Under the leadership of Jan Luiten van Zanden, "a set of interconnected databases has been set up containing worldwide data on social, economic, and institutional indicators for the past five centuries, with special attention to the past 200 years. These indicators allow research into long-term development of worldwide economic growth and inequality." The site includes a large number of datasets currently available, specific publications and presentations of the project, and a visualization tool that presents data in map and chart form. All Clio Infra datasets will also be archived by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS).