HHB is pleased to announce that the online archive of the project will be soon available.
The new online repository will soon be ready, with currently more than 50 GBs of PDFs ready for display; thanks to a new scanner we will soon be able to digitize quickly all the valuable archival sources stored in the HHB archive. A SFTP server for the storage of source files is now complete: PDFs will be stored gradually in the next few months.
The HHB team has started digitizing the first wave of the Bank of Italy's historical archive, documenting through microdata the living conditions of the Italian population since 1977.
The UAS (Ufficio Assistenza Sociale — “Social Assistance Office”) of the Governatorate of Rome is increasingly proving to be a real gold mine of historical sources documenting the living conditions of the population of Rome in the interwar years.
The HHB team is working on a new source, which collects applications of 100 families for a social housing program, specifically targeted for large families. The source not only provides detailed information about the economic and health condition of the family members, but also rich photographic evidence.
New projects and new challenges for HHB.
On the wake of projects as the Historical International Standard Classification of Occupations (HISCO) and the Historical International Social Class Scheme (HISCLASS) – carried out by researchers from the University of Leuven – the HHB team is now working on a brand new project: a Historical Classification Of Individual Consumption by Purpose (HIST-COICOP).
On June 21, Prof. Giovanni Vecchi will present the HHB project at the 2017 Summer School on Development Economics organized by the Italian Development Economist Association (IDEAS) together with other prestigious universities and institutions.
The lecture – "Poverty and Inequality in Retrospect within a Developing Country Context: Opportunity for Research" – will take place in the beautiful context of Villa del Palco. Discover more on the Summer School here.