New heading: Toward 1899

So far I’ve gathered some pretty cool data for the territorial period, and that data allows me to plot newspapers on the map. But I’m running into a few data availability-related problems at the moment.

  1. What I really want to do with the territorial-period data is mash it up with information about other infrastructure. Problem is, that data is hard to get without a ton of work. Specifically, I think I’ll have to pore over maps and local histories at Denver Public Library to get a lot of it. And as I’m trying to get as much done before the American Journalism Historians Association convention in October, easier data would be better.

  2. Another thing I’m excited to do is look at total city newspaper circulation in relation to population. But circulations are super spotty for the territorial period, as the big newspaper directories (Ayer and Rowell) weren’t in publication/aren’t at hand for many of those years. That means I’ll have to try and find circulations as stated in the papers themselves, which again requires a trip to Denver. That’s not happening between now and October.

  3. This isn’t actually related to data, but it’s still significant: I want to hold off on doing too much mapping until I find out A) whether the university has a license for ArcGIS, and B) if so, whether they’ll put it on my machine. I’m using QGIS right now, and it’s working great, but the end goal of this project is to have an interactive, publicly accessible map, and ArcGIS online may be the path to that goal.

So, I’m going to work on something I can do right now: expand the dataset chronologically. I’m going to extend the project’s years to include everything through the end of the nineteenth century. Then I can plug in circulations, which are available for those years, and get some super neato data.

Ken Ward