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Kinsources is an open and interactive platform to archive, share, analyze and compare kinship data used in scientific research. Kinsources is not just another genealogy website, but a peer-reviewed repository designed for comparative and collaborative research. The aim of Kinsources is to promote kinship studies with a common large and solid empirical base for research.

Kinsources combines the functionality of communal data repository with a toolbox providing researchers with advanced software for analyzing kinship data. The software Puck (Program for the Use and Computation of Kinship data) is integrated in the statistical package and the search engine of the Kinsources website.

Kinsources is part of a research perspective that seeks to understand the interaction between genealogy, terminology and space in the emergence of kinship structures. Hosted by the TGIR HumaNum, the platform ensures both security and free access to the scientific data is validated by the research community.

Started by Mike Fischer at the Center for Social Anthropology and Computing at the University of Kent (CSAC) in cooperation with LAS at the University of Paris, Kinsources is currently developed within a research project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR), involving research institutes University of Nanterre, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), as well as CSAC at the University of Kent (UKC), the University of California at Irvine (UCI), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI) at Nijmegen, Netherlands.

The aim of the project is the development of an open interactive online platform for archiving, sharing, analysing, and comparing kinship data (genealogies, terminologies and residential data) used in scientific research (particularly in anthropology, history and demography). Combining the functions of an archive of primary sources with those of a toolbox providing advanced software for their analysis, the project forms part of a research perspective aiming to understand the interactions between genealogy, terminology and space in the emergence of kinship structures. The platform is hosted by the TGIR (very large research infrastructure) Huma-Num, thus uniting the principles of secure data storage, open access, and scientific quality control, while at the same time allowing for continuous data completion and software improvement by authors and developers. Having as its medium-term objective to bring together a large part of the kinship data used in international scientific research, the platform will constitute an important and innovative research instrument providing kinship studies with both a solid empirical basis and an integrated analytical framework.

Link to Kinsources Repository

Research team project partners - Traitement Informatique de la Parenté (Kinship and Computing) - Laboratoire d’Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative
Maison de l’Archéologie et de l’Ethnologie René-Ginouvès
21 allée de l’université
92023 Nanterre cedex – France - Laboratoitre d'Anthropologie Sociale
52 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine
75005 Paris – France de démographie et d'histoire sociale (LaDéHiS)
Centre de recherche historique (CRH)
190, avenue de France
75013 Paris – France Roland Mousnier. Histoire et Civilisation. (CRM)
UMR 8596, CNRS – Université de Paris-Sorbonne
1, rue Victor Cousin
75230 Paris cedex 05 – France

Institutional partners - Centre national de la recherche scientifique
3, rue Michel-Ange
75794 Paris cedex 16 – France - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
190-198, avenue de France
75244 Paris cedex 13 – Franceège de France
11, place Marcelin Berthelot
75231 Paris Cedex 05 – Franceé de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
1, rue Victor Cousin
75005 Paris – Franceé Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (Paris X)
200, Avenue de la République
92001 Nanterre Cedex – France

Research partners - Agence Nationale de la Recherche
212, rue de Bercy
75012 Paris – France Huma-Num
4, rue Lhomond
F – 75005 Paris – France

Associated Research Laboratory d’Etudes des Mondes Africains (CEMAf)
UMR 8171
Université Paris I – Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes –
Université de Provence – CNRS de recherche et de documentation sur l’Océanie (CREDO)
UMR 7308
Aix-Marseille Université – CNRS – EHESS National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED) for Social Anthropology and Computing
University of Kent at Canterbury of Social Science
University of California at Irvine of Anthropology
University of California at Los Angeles Max Planck de Psycholinguistique

Website development associates – Services Company in Free Software
91300 Massy – Franceélie Martial – Graphic Designs
94110 Arcueil – France

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