Anatomy of a Newspaper: The Caledonian Mercury, 20 June 1825

After nearly a year of cleaning, processing, refining, reprocessing and analysing data, I felt cautiously optimistic about my results. Derived from the British Library 19th Century Newspapers collection, I had compiled a list of reprinting—perhaps better characterised as duplication—between...

The Platonic Ideal of a Newspaper Article

In 2014, I began to convert my newspapers transcriptions–stored haphazardly in a variety of plain text and Word documents, as well as Access, OneNote and Evernote databases–into XML. The value of structured data was immediately apparent, but the means...

Georgian Pingbacks Project

In the wild west of the World Wide Web, if you compose a hilarious joke, provide a simple solution to a complex problem or break a major new story, it is almost certain that your work will be copied....

TEI for Close Reading: Can It Work for History?

The large-scale digitisation of historical texts presents history, literary and corpus linguistics scholars with a number of intriguing opportunities. The ability to semantically parse or otherwise encode texts for computer-aided analysis allows a single researcher to discover trends and...