Analyzing Our Past
The University of California ClioMetric History is using advanced OCR and other techniques to create detailed historical data sets of 150 years of students, courses, and faculty at UC Berkeley and other universities in California.
Zachary Bleemer will discuss the data-scientific methods with which the UC ClioMetric History Project has reconstructed a near-complete database of all students enrolled, faculty teaching, and courses taught at UC Berkeley since the late 19th century, much of which has been made publicly available. Particular attention will be devoted to characteristics of students who enrolled at Berkeley's 100-year-old School of Information. Bleemer will show a selection of visualizations from these data, and then highlight a few new findings related to the history of Berkeley's faculty salaries and the end-of-career wages of Berkeley graduates from the 1960s and 1970s.
Zachary Bleemer is the director of the University of California ClioMetric History at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley, where he is also a Ph.D. candidate in economics. His research examines the long-run consequences of young Americans' post-secondary education and specialization decisions, with a side-interest in the computational analysis of structured text.