What is the Paranormal Data Collective?
I know you’re all wondering, “What the heck is The Paranormal Data Collective?” Well, we’re VERY excited to tell you all about it and hopefully have you be a part of it!
The Paranormal Data Collective is an idea that has been kicked around by Paranormal Georgia Investigations for several years. Since our inception in 2009, we felt there had to be a way to break down each of our investigations into raw external data points, meaning outside the EVPs, full-body apparitions, or objects moving, what is happening in the location’s environment during the investigations? What’s the weather like? How about solar flare activity? How many women were in the house during the investigation? Men? Dogs? Cats? Is the client taking any medication? We started breaking down our interviews and final reports into these data points with the ultimate goal of someday being able to track trends that may happen during our investigations.
But, we can’t do it alone. We would need decades to collect this information, performing investigations weekly, maybe even daily. And we just can’t do that. You know how it is. Sometimes, paranormal investigative/research groups are lucky to investigate once a month.
We realized that if we could get other groups to participate, to share their data with each other, that we, as a community, could collect the data faster. Not only that, but maybe through scientific cooperation, our paranormal community can be taken seriously by the greater scientific community.
What we’re asking everyone to do is share. We’re not asking you to publish the names, addresses, ages, or employment statuses of your clients. We’re asking everyone to collect the anonymous data relating to your investigations. And we’re asking you to share it with other groups if you’re asked to do so. And we’re asking you to give credit to other groups if they share with you and you publish the findings.
That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
What kind of data do you have to collect? Well, look no further than this list right here. This is the type of data Paranormal Georgia Investigations has been collecting since 2009:
Yes, that right there is our actual Excel workbook raw data file, the 2012 spreadsheet, to be exact. As you can see, there is no specific information to tie case number 2012-05 back to a client name or address. That information is contained in our personal case files, separate from the raw data.
The data points we collect through the initial client interview are as follows:
- Private home or business
- Investigation date
- Client sex and age
- Sexes and ages of others living in the home
- Physical and mental health of the client
- Medication or illegal drug usage
- Pets in the home
- Recent remodeling to the home and property deaths
- Ouija board use
- Seances performed
After the investigation, we do a few bits of independent/internet research. That plus information collected during the investigation(s), breaks down to the following data:
- Number of male/female investigators
- Precipitation type
- Moon phase
- Solar activity
- Geomagnetic activity
- Site geology
- Local seismic activity (last 24 hours)
- Nearby rivers/highways/active railroad tracks/high-voltage power lines
- EMF baseline of location
- Number of EVPs collected
- Number of photographic anomalies
- Number of video anomalies
- Number of temperature anomalies
- Number of EMF anomalies
- Number of personal investigator experiences
And that’s it! If there’s more information you want to collect, then go for it! Tell us and we’ll add it to the above lists! Remember, this is all in the name of science which means you can never collect too much data.
What do we hope to accomplish by collecting this data and sharing it? We hope to answer the question, “What could be causing paranormal activity?” Even if, after years of collecting and sharing this data, the answer is “None of the above.” then that’s still a result. And it’s at that point we take a deep breath and begin to look elsewhere.
On our Where? page, we have included links to Web sites that we use to collect several of the external data points. If, at any time, you need help using those pages, feel free to shoot us an email and we’ll be glad to help!
It’s time to join! If you’re ready, click on How? and register your group name and information and be a part of The Paranormal Data Collective!