European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS)
The project European Historical Population Samples Network (EHPS-Net) brings together scholars to create a common format for databases containing information on persons, families and households. This format or Intermediate Data Structure (IDS) aims to form an integrated and joint interface between many European databases in order to transcend the currently regional and national studies.
During the project period, the main databases will convert their material to the IDS format. In the meantime, data extraction programs for different types of studies (e.g. on migration and fertility) are prepared in close collaboration between researchers and programmers. The intended system is open, scalable, and extendable. New types of analysis can be introduced by adding new extraction modules. Anyone can contribute an extraction module, which will be peer-reviewed and published in an e-journal.
The Steering Committee consists of representatives from fourteen European Countries. Kees Mandemakers is chair of the network. The executive group consists of Kees Mandemakers, Gunnar Thorvalsen (The Norwegian Historical Data Centre, University of Tromsø), Koen Matthijs (Center for Sociological Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Catholic University Leuven), Anders Brändström (Centre for Population Studies - Demographic Database, Umeå University, Sweden) en Joshua Goldstein (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock).
For more information, please visit the EHPS-Net website.
The project is financed by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the running period is five years, from July 2011 to July 2016.