Connecting the Real to the Representational: Historical Demographic Data in the Town of Pullman, 1880-1940

By San | January 8, 2008

by Andrew H. Bullen

The Pullman House History Project is a part of the Pullman State Historic Site’s virtual museum and web site (http://www.pullman-museum.org/) which links together census, city directory, and telephone directory information to describe the people who lived in the town of Pullman, Illinois between 1881 and 1940. This demographic data is linked through a database/XML record system to online maps and Perl programs that allow the data to be represented in various useful combinations. This article describes the structure of the database and XML records, as well as the methods and code used to link the parts together and display the data.

This is an item from the first issue of a new open access journal about libraries, technology and the future called The Code4Lib Journal.

Full text at (http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/29)

Posted for Michele Hayslett