Can you combine the history of early modern witchcraft studies with open science? Sure!
In this episode of Open Science Talk, historian Rune Blix Hagen explains how. At the end of his career, he digitalized his research data at the library for others to use.
Historian Rune Blix Hagen works at the Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. His research interests are early modern witchcraft studies and Jean Bodin.
He has written extensively on the witch trials in the north of Norway where many women and indigenous people were sentenced to death and burnt at the stake as a result of suspicions and rumors of practicing witchcraft.
Even though Blix Hagen will retire this year, he is actually the first person from his institute to openly archive his research data. In this podcast episode, he gives us some insight on how this work has been done, and also his experiences and expectations to publishing research data openly.
It’s Open Science, so have a look!
You can find his new dataset at DataverseNO or here:
- Replication Data for: Rettslig forfølgelse av trollfolk i Nordlandene. Et forsøk på en kartlegging av hekseprosesser i Troms og Nordland på 1600-tallet.
- Rettsforfulgte trollfolk i Finnmark, 1593-1692You can also find more of his work (also in English) at the website academia.edu.