Project Management and Digital Workflows for Big-Data Humanities Projects

S. Wright Kennedy

The New Orleans Mortality Project is building a historical geographic information systems (HGIS) of property tax records and 200,000 mortality records to enable the identification and analysis of the spatial and temporal patterns of disease and socioeconomics at the individual, neighborhood, and community levels. This will inform present understanding of how health, environment, and socioeconomics impacted the historical processes of urban and community development in New Orleans during the Gilded Age (1877-1919). To build the database and GIS on this scale, we developed novel strategies for managing a team of six students and standardizing the database development. This paper shares the project management strategies and digital workflows developed in this big-data mapping project. These strategies and workflows are translatable to other digital humanities projects and can improve both data quality and project efficiency.