Data Analysis

Technological adventures in the archives

More historical archives are being digitized. Access to the digitized documents are limited to simple search interfaces. We can create tools to give scholars better ways to access the content. Unfortunately, the searchable content of documents is often of poor quality and unreliable. I illustrate how this is a problem for the case of my research on historical student newspapers and provide one solution to improving the quality of optical character recognition (OCR).

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A recent study used decades of tax returns to determine how successful colleges have been at providing economic mobility to students. Among its many findings, CUNY colleges rated top in the nation in raising low income students into higher incomes. However, important differences within the CUNY system reflect how in fact uneven mobility is across the city’s public colleges.