Ana Crespo Solana

Position / Job title: Tenured Scientist

Institution: CCHS-CSIC Madrid

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In my current research project I co-lead (with J.B. Owens) an innovative research line on Trading and Network which is being funded at different levels: the Regional Government of Madrid (Comunidad de Madrid), Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation I+D+I (MICINN), and the EUROCORES Programme of the European Science Foundation.

Between 2006 and 2009 I have successfully led an MICINN project on merchant communities in Atlantic Europe (1500-1800), in which different specialists and historians have collaborated from various European countries. This project has become an important collaborative opportunity between historians and has led to certain interdisciplinary breakthroughs in relation to new analytical applications focussed on historical studies. I am a staunch believer in interdisciplinary work as well as in the utilization of new technologies, specially GIS, for the purpose of processing historical information in such a manner that can be made available via web applications to the scientific community. This research line was endorsed by the ESF at the TECT - “The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading” call when my DynCoopNet - “Dynamic Complexity of Cooperation-Based Self-Organizing Commercial Networks in the First Global Age” project was given the green light in 2007.

In relation to this project I have conducted a project aimed at the design of a prototype of data modelling funded by the CSIC under the name “redes dinámicas de cooperación: bases de datos para el uso de la herramienta SIG en el estudio de las redes mercantiles entre Europa y el Caribe (1670-1778)” (2008-2009); and “GlobalNET” (2012-2014).

On April 2014 I begin with another international project: “ForSeaDiscovery” a International Training Network of the Marie Curie Programme (ITN-Multipartners) funded by the European Union (2014-2017).