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A winner of the second Digging Into Data challenge, the Trading Consequences project is a multi-institutional, international collaboration between environmental historians in Canada and computer scientists in the UK that uses text-mining software to explore thousands of pages of historical documents related to international commodity trading in the British Empire, involving Canada in particular, during the 19th century, and its impact on the economy and environment.
Partially sponsored by Jisc, the Digging Into Data Challenge seeks to address how “big data” changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences, and challenges the research community to help create the new research infrastructure for 21st century scholarship.