2013 Workshop: Digital Prosopographies

Detail from Fireworks in the Palace Garden by Romeyn de Hooghe (1686). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (CC0 1.0).

Case Studies in Online Collective Biography

Monday 29 July, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford

This meeting explored case studies, standards, and best practices relating to the electronic capture and representation of people, biographies, prosopographies, and personal, social, and professional networks, which will feed into the development of our own prosopographical toolset within Early Modern Letters Online. Paper titles link to podcasts and slides.


Coffee and Pastries on Arrival

Session One


Professor Howard Hotson & Dr James Brown (University of Oxford)

Welcome & Introduction


Dr Iva Lelkova (Czech Academy of Sciences)

Letters and Prosopography: The Epistolary Networks of Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670) and Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680)

Session Two


Dr Katharine Keats-Rohan (University of Oxford)


Dr John Davies (University of Glasgow)


Hot Buffet Lunch

Session Three


Dr Alexander Czmiel & Dr Janna Hennicke (Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences)


Tea and Cakes

Session Four


All Paticipants

Roundtable discussion of, inter alia:

  • Technical Standards for Prosopographical Databases
  • Data Modeling and Metadata Standards for Prosopographical Databases
  • Survey of Existing Tools and Resources
  • Varieties of Life Events and Prosopographical Relationships
  • Relating People to Place
  • Relating People to Time
  • Visualizations and Network Analysis