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Jour fixe

It has been proposed to have a weekly jour fixe on Thursdays 21:30 CET (a time equally (in)convenient to all our teams around the world). FactGrid has an open web channel for such purposes that can be used without further passwords and software downloads. Contact for link details.

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  • 29 Dec. 2021: FactGrid is learning Spanish, our 600 properties are in the process of being translated, and you can now switch to Spanish in the FactGrid Viewer.
  • Tuesday Dec. 7 2021: OpenRefine tutoral with Lucas Werkmeister. Feeding spreadsheet information into FactGrid is one of the standard challenges you might have encountered - a challenge since any such data must be "cleaned" and "reconciled" first. The tool to facilitate this work is OpenRefine. Lucas Werkmeister has prepared FactGrid for the interaction with OpenRefine and he will give an online tutorial on this this Tuesday 21:30 European Time. The session will also be recorded (recording). See Help:How do I use OpenRefine on FactGrid? if you want to download and use OpenRefine on your computer.
  • Deadline: 15 December 2021: 2 PhD positions in early modern history, 18th and 19th centuries (Université de Fribourg, Switzerland) connected to the use of FactGrid as data repository: 1 PhD thesis: Mesmerism in western Switzerland: sociability, mobility, constellations and 1 PhD thesis: An information flow: Mesmerism in Switzerland. See our blog for more information.
  • 14 November 2021 — Bruno Belhoste's first official presentation of his data set Paris to download - a data set of all the Parisian addresses c. 1830. Read his blog post Paris to download.
  • 12 November 2021 — New on our blog Josef Wäges, "(Still not yet) all the members of the Strict Observance", an article about his data set of all the members of the Strict Observance as far as we know them today.
  • 6 October 2021 — EntiTree has made our data available in their project of Wikibase genealogy visualisations - and they are looking forward to reviews of their tool. Visit and search an item you are interested in (you can set the language under settings). Select "Chil(ren)" in the pull down menu and widen the visualisation into the past or towards the present by clicking the ˄ and ˅ signs. You can thus expand the information for Veit Bach (Q314207) to this pedigree User:Martin Schibel will be interested in your experiences on the EntiTree Item's talk page.
  • 11 June 2021 — A new section started in the Project space. The topic will be Early Modern religious dissent. We should become able to explore how these movements fused (if the did) into the word of Masonic organisations, student fraternities and esoteric cures as sold by the Mesmerists, which we have been mapping so far. This is the FactGrid:Lionel Laborie, The "French Prophets" project page with first searches on the 667 adherents of the early 18th-century group. All links will, as always, be welcome. --Olaf Simons (talk) 13:41, 11 June 2021 (CEST)
  • 30 May 2021 — New on the project blog: Charles Faulhaber's post on the upcoming joint venture with the multilingual PhiloBiblon Project. FactGrid will learn Spanish and Portuguese and we will step into the Middle Ages and the world of the medieval book production. --Olaf Simons (talk) 07:28, 31 May 2021 (CEST)


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