Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 28, Issue 4–5, pp 301–305 | Cite as

The encoding of highly structured historical sources

  • Gunnar Thorvaldsen


This article first briefly discusses the use of the computer in three fields of historical research in Norway: text retrieval in medieval documents, roll call analysis, and the study of social history and historical demography. The treatment of highly structured source material like censuses is then explored more fully, especially the coding of information about family status, occupation and birth place. In order to standardize this information, historians have developed several coding schemes and sophisticated software for the combined use of the full text and the encoded versions.

Key words

social history historical computing census data coding standardization 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Thorvaldsen
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  1. 1.Norweigan Historical Data CenterThe University of TromsøTromsøNorway

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