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We are proud to present our website and the first large-scale quantitative historical databases managed by the Quetelet Center!
LOKSTAT is a database of local and regional statistics in Belgium from the period 1800-1970. The data collections are based on official censuses of the population, agriculture, trade and industry. Data series from other historical sources, such as election results, also appear in the database. Using the cartographic module HISGIS, the data can be presented on a map and analysed in detail.
POPPKAD brings together data on property and opens up this information about land ownership for scientific research. The data infrastructure is based on the land registry, which has kept an inventory of real estate in Belgium since 1834. The database contains statistics on land use, land ownership and housing at national level (1834-1961). It also includes property data per owner for different regions and places.
The STREAM database contains an extensive and diverse collection of local statistics from the early modern period (ca. 1500-1815). The data series included are linked to a customised geographic information system that enables comparative research in time and space by linking different datasets to each other and to localities. The Ferraris map (1770-1777) constitutes the primary source. This map was manually vectorised and then compared with current topographical maps to eliminate geometric discrepancies. As a result, one can view a reconstruction of the landscape, housing, boundaries and transport infrastructure as a series of snapshots over time of the area in question.
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