Pastmapper is an innovative new platform for organizing data using the visual language of online maps to describe the world of the past. Students will work in teams to populate Greenwich Village blocks with residents and businesses to learn about geographic information systems and visualization.
Choose a team! There must be 2 members in each, 4 teams (except 1910, because of fewer sheets) can have 3 members.
|1880s||Aly DesRochers, Shannon Elliott, Charlie Steiner|
|1900s||Rachel Corbman, Nicole Greenhouse, Jennifer Joyce|
|1910s||Meagan Leddy-Cecere, Maggie Lee|
|1920s||Salome Jeronimo, Stephanie Krom, Kerry Heimer|
|1930s||Lynda Van Wart, Bonnie Gordon, Jackie Rider|
|1940s||Deborah Nitka, Christina Bell, Alison Lotto|
As a team, divide up the census pages, enter data, and collaborate on two blog posts,
- one that summarizes your impressions of the Pastmapper platform and data visualizations. Look at Pastmapper's 1853 San Francisco trial for a sense of how it works with more data entered.
- for the second post, summarize what your group feels the West 9th Street data reveals about the Village in the decade you were assigned.
Make sure to use the Pastmapper category for the posts and include all your names.
West 9th Street was selected to test of this platform because it is a relatively short street.
Each student in the group should have the same number of lines of data to enter. Please note that some of the census pages have only a few entries on them, or only a few entries for West 9th Street, so keep that in mind when dividing the pages. Each student should enter about 6 full pages of entries (around 300 entries). If there are pages left over, please let me know which pages they are and I will try to get through them myself.
Note that the data recorded in some years is different from that recorded in other years. If your census does not include one of the fields, or the field is blank, just leave it blank on the form.
If you prefer to use paper forms to do the initial data capture and then type into the spreadsheet, you can obtain blank forms for each census year.
Census records contain information about the individuals who lived on the street. Among the data we will be mapping are:
- Street name
- House number
- Industry (1910-on)
- Attended School in Census Year?
- Able to read (1880-1930)
- Able to write (1880-1930)
- Place of birth
- Father's place of birth (1880-1930)
- Mother's place of birth (1880-1930)
- Year immigrated to U.S. (1900-1930)
- Owns or Rents (1900-1940)
- Speaks English (1900-1940)
Recording and Uploading Data
- Each student should download the Pastmapper template. The template is a CSV spreadsheet and it has a few sample records added to help guide you.
- Open the file using Microsoft Excel, Google Docs or Open Office Calc. For help opening CSV files, see http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001357.htm.
- Enter the data for each resident of West 9th Street that you have on your sheets.
- Use the fill color option to mark any entry or field that you are not certain about and then go over them with your group. All should be resolved before you submit, even if the final entry is your best guess.
- You may have trouble reading the census taker's handwriting. While we want the cleanest data possible, the names are probably not as important as the other data, so just do your best.
- Review your entries to make sure that everything is in the right column.
- Save your file with your name, group decade, and pages included (ex. cathyhajo1890-4-9.csv).
- When you have completed and checked your data, upload it to Pastmapper using the web form.
- Send a copy of your csv file to me at the same time, so that I know who entered what.