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From Probate Inventories to a Data Set for the History of the Consumer Society

From Probate Inventories to a Data Set for the History of the Consumer Society In this article we present a set of computer applications for handling (probate) inventories. The programs have been developed at the Department of Rural History within the framework of aresearch programme for the history of consumption in the Netherlands: the MatCult Project. This project studies the development of consumer behaviour in the Netherlands from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Special attention is given to regional and to town-country differences. The main sources are probate inventories. After a short overview of the history of the use of computers in inventory research, the Dbase TVapplications MatStore and MatCode are discussed. These programs allow the researcher to be flexible, detailed and economic. Firstly, the information from the inventories is stored as literally as possible in the computer. Secondly, this input is encoded and adapted for analysis using general statistical packages. Thus the programs provide a research tool that is capable of analysing inventories from different periods and locations and that allows international comparisons. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Edinburgh University Press

From Probate Inventories to a Data Set for the History of the Consumer Society

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
ISSN
1753-8548
eISSN
1755-1706
DOI
10.3366/hac.1995.7.3.126
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Abstract

In this article we present a set of computer applications for handling (probate) inventories. The programs have been developed at the Department of Rural History within the framework of aresearch programme for the history of consumption in the Netherlands: the MatCult Project. This project studies the development of consumer behaviour in the Netherlands from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Special attention is given to regional and to town-country differences. The main sources are probate inventories. After a short overview of the history of the use of computers in inventory research, the Dbase TVapplications MatStore and MatCode are discussed. These programs allow the researcher to be flexible, detailed and economic. Firstly, the information from the inventories is stored as literally as possible in the computer. Secondly, this input is encoded and adapted for analysis using general statistical packages. Thus the programs provide a research tool that is capable of analysing inventories from different periods and locations and that allows international comparisons.

Journal

International Journal of Humanities and Arts ComputingEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1995

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