Data (sleeping data, hidden data, etc.)

In the course of their work, many scholars collect, compile, and process quantitative data. It may just be a small table listing the price of rice over a few years or large sets of figures extracted from one of several large-scale surveys. These materials serve during the period of analysis and production of a paper or a chapter of a book, but eventually many such quantitative data are never or rarely used again. It is unfortunate because the processing of historical documents often lead to the production of a much wider range of data than the data actually used and published in a scholarly work.

This is one of the reasons for the addition of a “Data” entry in the top menu bar of the Virtual Shanghai platform. This section is designed to display data files, mostly in the form of Excel spreadsheets, on a large variety of topics. Some were published in scholarly papers, but most come from the “sleeping data store” of my computer. For years, I have been producing and accumulating such data files with each new research project. I may use them again, but it is very unlikely. Conversely, these files may be useful for other scholars and students.

In the past weeks, I have been uploading such files. It is still a small sample (33 files as of today), but it will increase steadily. Before I upload them, I make sure the files are properly referenced (sources) and presented in English (my older files are in French). These minor operations actually require some time, but I believe it is a worthwhile effort since there is no point in having others replicating work already done.

In particular, I have started to upload a series of tables on the Japanese community (including Koreans and Taiwanese) and companies in wartime Shanghai. All the tables come with keywords. Use  “Japanese” as a keyword and  the Boolean search functions to zoom in on your specific needs.

More to come. These tables are free for use and dissemination. A credit line for the Virtual Shanghai Project will always be appreciated.

Cite this blog post
Christian Henriot (2016, April 24). Data (sleeping data, hidden data, etc.). Blog Virtual Shanghai. Retrieved April 18, 2024, from

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