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Computer Science Professor, Postdoc Launch Online Database on History of Slavery


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Nineteenth-century shackles on display in the basement of the Freedom House Museum in Alexandria, VA, where enslaved people were once held before being transported to the South.

A Kansas State University computer science professor and his postdoc helped to launch the online database Enslaved.org, which collects archives and entries documenting the lives of those who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in slave trading.

Credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post

Pascal Hitzler, professor and Lloyd T. Smith creativity in engineering chair in the computer science department at Kansas State University, and his postdoc, Cogan Shimizu, have helped launch the online database Enslaved.org.

The database collects archives and entries documenting the lives of those who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in slave trading. The K-State team was in charge of developing the model for the database, which dictates how the data is organized and how Wikipedia-style browsing of the historical records is enabled.

 

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