Data Infrastructure

The Data Infrastructure Network is interested in broadly addressing issues and themes related to creating datasets for social science history, large and small, and the infrastructure required to support them. We intend to cast a wide net when discussing “data infrastructure,” and topics of interest may include: technology, data capture, sustainability, findability, interoperability, metadata, funding, methodology, collaboration, harmonization, data linkage, and builders of the data. The Data Infrastructure Network is happy to co-sponsor relevant data-intensive sessions with other SSHA Networks, including Economics, Family History and Demography, and Historical Geography and GIS networks, and others.

2023 Sessions

  • Measurement Issues in Historical Data
  • History of Data and Statistics
  • Methodological Innovations in Linking
  • O Canada! Research Using Canadian Complete-Count Census Microdata
  • New Historical Data Infrastructure I
  • New Historical Data Infrastructure II
  • New Linked Data Sources
  • The Changing Geography of the U.S. Census: Official and Unofficial, from the 19th to the 21st Century
  • Round Table: Big Data and Writing the History of the Global South, The Case of the Cape of Good Hope
  • Author Meets Critic: Democracy’s Data: The Hidden Stories in the U.S. Census and How to Read Them [title in italics] by Dan Bouk

Planning 2024 Sessions

Data Infrastructure Network 2023 meeting attendees began brainstorming topics/themes and potential contributors for SSHA 2024 sessions. The planning spreadsheet is available to view. The network reps invite your contributions and are available to assist with creating a session or submitting a paper.

2024 SSHA Call for Papers

Network Representatives


SSHA Town Hall, Monday March 25

The SSHA officers invite SSHA members to attend a Zoom town hall on Monday March 25 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm EST to discuss and answer questions about the four Executive Committee motions passed on December 20, 2023, and February 8, 2024. The zoom link is here (Meeting ID: 895 1708 6578 | Password: 602250).

These motions concern our association journal, Social Science History, specifically editorial procedure guidelines, journal scope and the editor model. These motions have been posted on the SSHA website.

2024 Annual Conference Submissions Now Open

SSHA is now accepting paper and session submissions for the 2024 Annual Conference. Please visit our submission portal to submit a paper or session proposal by March 22, 2024.

Submission Portal

SSHA Call for Papers

50th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association

Toronto, ON, Canada, October 31 - November 3, 2024.

Trust and Distrust of Historical Sources in the Digital Age

SSHA Call for Papers PDF

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