Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

Big Questions, Big Data

4 November 2015 to 6 November 2015
IISH, @IISG_Amsterdam #bqbd

The objective of this meeting is to bring together a number of key players in the field of global labour history who link broad questions to systematic long term (structured) data collections, innovative methodologies and where possible modelling and visualization techniques. The Amsterdam meeting first of all aims to take stock of the central research questions, debates and theories, and from there discuss existing data collections and time series that are used to test and develop key questions and assumptions.

Conference Programme
November 4, 18.00 hours
Welcome dinner at Restaurant Gare de l’Est,
Cruquiusweg 9, 1019 AT, Amsterdam

Day 1: (November 5)

9.00-10.45: Session 1: Big questions, big data
Chair: Lex Heerma van Voss

  • Opening of the conference (Henk Wals, Director IISH)
  • ‘Big questions and how to study them?’ by Leo Lucassen (Director of Research IISH)
  • Plenary discussion

10.45-11.15: COFFEE BREAK

11.15-13.00: Session 2: Structuring and visualizing the past 
Chair: Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk

13.00-14.00: LUNCH

14.00-15.30: Session 3: Structuring the social
Chair: Karin Hofmeester

  • ‘Combining data from multiple repositories’ (Auke Rijpma)
  • ‘Measures of occupational classification and stratification’ (Richard Zijdeman)

15.30-15.45: COFFEE BREAK

15.45-17.30: Session 4: Back to big questions
Chair: Patrick Manning

15.45-16.30: Discussing Big Questions and big data in sub groups
16.30-17.30: Plenary

Day 2: (November 6)

9.15-10.45: Session 5: Collaboratories for big questions
Chair: Jan Lucassen

  • ‘The Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations’ (Karin Hofmeester)
  • ‘North American Population Project (NAPP) and overseas collaborations’ (Evan Roberts)

10.45-11.15: COFFEE BREAK

11.15-13.00: Session 6: Social complexities
Chair: Filipa Ribeiro da Silva

  • ‘Linking disciplines: Running an interdisciplinary project’ (Chris Dibben)
  • ‘SESHAT, a multi-disciplinary research approach’ (Dan Hoyer)

13.00-14.00: LUNCH

14.00-15.30: Session 7: Regional data for big debates
Chair: Jan Luiten van Zanden

15.30-15.45: COFFEE BREAK

15.45-17.45: Session 8: General Discussion: Where to go from here?
Chair: Marcel van der Linden

  • Big Questions and Better Answers: strategies and priorities
  • Linking within or between datasets?
  • How to use each other’s datasets?
  • From Data back to Questions
  • What should the next conference look like?