9 Thoughts.

  1. Hello,

    I was wondering if the team behind this project is also planning on including the reasons why each of those books was banned alongside their names, dates and locations at some point? I understand that it’s a massive undertaking, but it would be a great addition.

    Thanks,

    Nariman

    • Dear Nariman,

      Yes, in those cases where the data is available, the full database indeed contains information on the rationale for censorship. For this particular project, however, we published only the most pertinent columns, i.e. the information that would help people identify books in their shelves that they are able to donate to The Parthenon of Books. Since the project itself is very ambitious, this is where we and documenta are currently focusing our energy. The full database will, however, continue to grow as part of a long-term research project, so the additional information should become available to the public before long.

      Best wishes,
      Florian

    • Dear Fred,

      Thank you for your kind feedback and for your suggestion. We hadn’t yet thought about interfacing with Gutenberg, but we’ll get in contact with the good people over there right away.

      All the best,
      Florian

  2. Yes, please publish in a more friendly format for data ingestion. Myself and many of the folks over at r/dataisbeautiful would love to visualize this data.

  3. The Internet Archive (archive.org) has millions of digitized books, it would be interesting to know how many of the banned books are available free to the public. If there were a structured database dump of the list (in csv, for instance) instead of the PDF format, it might be possible to match it against what’s available online.

  4. Interesting list, but fails on two points:

    a) The quality of the entries is very bad – some authors are listed with several variants of their names, for example. With others, one authors surname is liste as the surname, and his first name and the full name of the secondary author is in the first name column. This may also pose a problem for research, as finding works of certain authors might be a bit problematic this way.

    b) The very format as a PDF file instead of a usable form. In the end, you will need a real database system instead of a simple Excel file to cover issues like multiple authors, alias names, name changes because of marriages, multiple instances of banning a certain book, translated titles of a book. In this case, try to get the system set up in a way to provide an XML dump of the database for additional research.

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