Mining Ministers (1572–1815). Using Semi-structured Data for Historical Research

  • Serge ter BraakeEmail author
  • Antske Fokkens
  • Fred van Lieburg
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8852)


There is a long tradition of categorizing and storing historical data in databases. However, these databases cannot always be used readily for computational approaches. In this paper, we use a twentieth century dataset on Dutch ministers (1572–1815) for modern quantitative analyses. We describe our methodology, provide results on the mobility of ministers and make further suggestions for the questions that can be answered now that could not before.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge ter Braake
    • 1
    Email author
  • Antske Fokkens
    • 2
  • Fred van Lieburg
    • 1
  1. 1.HistoryVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Computational LinguisticsVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands

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