Michiel Bron is a PhD-candidate in the project Managing Scarcity and Sustainability. His research focuses on the involvement of oil companies in the development of nuclear energy in the age of scarcity, focussing on the 1970s. During September-October 2022, Michiel is a Robert H.G. Helleman Memorial Graduate Research Fellow at the American Institute of Physics. In 2021, he received a research grant from the Comité d’Histoire de l’Électricité et de l’Énergie (EDF). In his blog, Michiel discusses the relatively unknown shared history of the oil and nuclear industries.
Humanities scholars, and especially historians, work with large amounts of data that come from various sources and are often unstructured. Ingesting these data into an easy-to-use database that permits complex queries or visualisations is often unattainable. Based on experiences in the DigiKAR geohumanities project, the blog post addresses this challenge and presents workflows in which relational or graph databases are optional end-products rather than the starting points of the research process. These experiences can inspire other humanities projects to find low-maintenance alternatives to expensive multi-user databases with graphic user interfaces.
Recently, Ferenc Laczó (Assistant Professor in History at FASoS) has co-edited a large collective volume titled A Global History of Hungary, 1869-2022 (in the Hungarian original: Magyarország globális története, 1869-2022). In this blog, Laczó sketches the overarching concept of this volume and discusses how it came to fruition.