From digital resources to historical scholarship with the British Library 19th Century Newspaper Collection

Ian Norman Gregory, Paul Atkinson, Andrew Hardie, Amelia Joulain-Jay, Daniel Kershaw, Catherine Porter, Paul Rayson, Christopher Rupp

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Abstract

It is increasingly acknowledged that the Digital Humanities have placed too much emphasis on data creation and that the major priority should be turning digital sources into contributions to knowledge. While this sounds relatively simple, doing it involves intermediate stages of research that enhance digital sources, develop new methodologies and explore their potential to generate new knowledge from the source. While these stages are familiar in the social sciences they are less so in the humanities. In this paper we explore these stages based on research on the British Library’s Nineteenth Century Newspaper Collection, a corpus of many billion words that has much to offer to our understanding of the nineteenth century but whose size and complexity makes it difficult to work with.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)994-1006
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Siberian Federal University: Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume9
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Corpora
  • GIS
  • Research methods
  • OCR Quality
  • Resource Enhancement
  • Spatial humanities
  • Digital Humanities

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