In cooperation with Khaled Safi (Al-Aqsa University, Gaza) and Michael Derntl (eScience-Center Tuebingen) and supported by an international team, we analyze a variety of different sources such as the Ottoman census of 1905, petitions and sharia court records. Thereby we focus on varied issues such as the changing relationship with the imperial center, rural-urban relationships, migration and demographics.
In order to handle the considerable mass of information on Gaza’s population which we gain from our sources—the census alone provides us with details on more than 3,000 households and 20,000 individuals in Gaza city—we work with a PostgreSQL database. A web-based user interface, which builds on eScience-Center’s open source tools, allows researchers to insert and collaboratively edit historical data. It also allows to perform data analyses (e.g. the density of occurrence of social characteristics in certain areas of the city) and to generate interactive maps and social network graphs from the database.
Selected screenshots of the web-based database user interface (click to enlarge).