The Database of Religious History

Andrew Keitt's picture
Type: 
Online Digital Resources
Date: 
June 1, 2018
Location: 
British Columbia, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know about a major new project, based at the University of British Columbia, called the Database of Religious History (DRH; religiondatabase.org).

To give you a bit of background, the DRH aims to serve as a massive, open quantitative and qualitative on-line database of religious data, as well as a clearinghouse for digital information about the history of religion. We've started by recording answers to a long poll of questions about religious groups across time and space (mostly focusing on pre-modern), and will soon be moving towards gathering information on supernatural beings, texts, and places as other lenses for inquiry. All of the answers to questions are initially coded in Yes/No format, with comment boxes for qualitative comments, references, etc. This allows the data to be analyzed and visualized with a number of tools, helpful not only for analysis but to get an instant overview of scholarly opinion in an age of information overload. We also aim to record qualitative data related to these answers, including images and text where relevant.

Entries will have DOIs for convenient citation and be archived by the UBC Library, and we are working toward getting listed on one of the major citation indexes, such as the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (AHCI). While our grant funding lasts, we also provide honoraria for completed, published entries; currently we are able to provide $500 (CAD) for entries published before June 1, 2018.

The director, Edward Slingerland (UBC), did an interview with the American Academy of Religion's "Religious Studies News" about the project which you can find here: http://rsn.aarweb.org/articles/making-religious-history-digitally-native. We also invite you to browse the database or survey our recent press on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/religiondatabase/) or twitter feed (@ReligionHistory).

We hope to welcome you on board the DRH team soon! Let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Andrew Keitt, Editor for Early Modern Europe

University of Alabama at Birmigham

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