[note: this is an activity I developed for my Smith College course “Doing Digital History” taught in the Spring of 2020]
Early American Newspaper Citations
- Download this data that I produced as a part of my research.
- It represents nearly the entirety of late 18th century North American newspapers’ citations to newspapers outside of North America. These are all aggregated based on city and weighted by the number of citations. It’s structured in five-year increments.
- Go to Palladio. Click start.
- Paste in the data from the above file. Click “load.”
- Click “Graph” on the header (in between “Map” and “Table”)
- Under settings, for “Source,” choose “City of Origin.” For “Target,” choose “City of Publication.” (it doesn’t actually matter which of these you choose for which). Tick “Highlight” for one of them.
- Tick “Size Nodes,” then according to “Sum of Weight.”
- You’ve just created a very simple network graph.
- Click “Timeline” below. Palladio will recognize “Year” as a temporal variable, and allow you to look at how the network looks during specified time periods.
- Note that the data is structured in five-year increments: 1755–1759, 1760–1764, etc. You can’t get more granular than that.
- How does this network of citation change over time?
- Click “Facet.” This will allow you to explore the data based on particular cities.
- How does Boston’s role in the network change over time?