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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Alison Booth (Project Director: September 2014 to present)
Worthy N. Martin (Co Project Director: March 2015 to present)
Daniel V. Pitti (Co Project Director: March 2015 to present)

Cohorts of Women in Biographical Collections

The development of prototype tools that would shed light on women’s lives and social networks through biographical narratives and archival sources.

Cohorts of Women in Biographical Collections (CWBC), a collaboration of Collective Biographies of Women (CBW) and Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC), enables in-depth research on cohorts of historical women by uniting textual study of 1,200 collections of biographies (CBW) published 1830-1940 with data on persons, documents, entities, and networks extracted from 2.6 million archival descriptions in 3,000 repositories (and growing). CWBC will create innovative procedures for biographical-archival data exchange; a Cohort Analysis Prototype (CAP) for comparison of cohorts (sets of women related by type of book or by occupation, nationality, period, etc.) and diverse networks; visualizations and discoveries in open-access code; a white paper and publications. The tools and process for sharing and maintaining identities and visualizing textual, archival, and social cohorts and networks will be shaped and evaluated by an international board of expert advisors.

[White paper]

Project fields:
Literature, Other

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$59,479 (approved)
$59,355 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 11/30/2017