The Quetelet Center for Quantitative Historical Research is an interfaculty and interdisciplinary service centre that offers advice and expertise on the use of historical data that can be studied statistically or in map form.

Researchers from all disciplines and the general public can come to us with questions about the use of quantitative and quantifiable sources on Belgium's past.

In the spotlight

LOKSTAT / PUBLICATION / APRIL 2022

The modernisation of society from the 19th century onwards was not without its problems. In cities, they led to tensions between population groups who wanted to make their ideas dominant through street protests and violence. In a recently submitted doctoral dissertation, historian Martin Schoups examines these actions in the city of Antwerp between 1884 and 1936 and shows which fault lines lay at the basis of them. For this, he used among other things contextual data from LOKSTAT. 

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LOKSTAT / PUBLICATION / MARCH 2022

Which plants grew in the East Flanders countryside two centuries ago? How is the wild flora today compared to that time? Biologist Katrijn Vannerum and historian Thijs Lambrecht (UGent) investigated the development of plant diversity using the herbarium of Charles Van Hoorebeke and consulted LOKSTAT.

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POPPKAD/ DATABASE / JANUARY 2022

The POPPKAD database continues to attract a large number of users. The Quetelet Center will expand the database further in 2022 with the cadastral data of almost all West Flemish municipalities from the middle of the 19th century.  These data will become available thanks to the project West-Vlaanderen Verpoppt in which dozens of volunteers are collaborating.

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LOKSTAT, HISSTER & S.O.S. ANTWERP / PUBLICATION / DECEMBER 2021

More than 100 years after the pandemic, the very first (!) scientific article about the Spanish Flu in Belgium was published this month. Three databases of the Quetelet Center (LOKSTAT, HISSTER and S.O.S. ANTWERP) provided essential material for this overview.

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