Creating Data is a digital monograph-in-progress by Ben Schmidt about the data collected by the US government in the 19th century.

For the time being, you’ll probably only arrive at this splash page by clicking around. Thanks for the interest!

I’m sharing parts of it as a work-in-progress because they may be of immediate interest to other scholars; because they tie into other published work of my; and because some parts benefit from ongoing engagement. I’m also trying to make sure the code architecture works with the modern web.

For the time being, most sections, especially the most important ones–even those linked from the top bar–are not yet online. And there’s no general introduction: that will come here, later!

I’ll be slowly adding some blog posts and additional essays; after that, the whole project should drop suddenly.