Scalable Reading

dedicated to DATA: digitally assisted text analysis

...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

data curation

Are the TextCreation Partnership texts good enough for research purposes

The following is a republished blog post originally published on October 1, 2009 on my now defunct Literary Informatics blog. Some of the points made then are not quite true anymore (especially my lament about the lack of concern for quality in the Hathi Trust project), but many of them remain true enough. Are the...

The Great Digital Migration

The following was first published on an earlier version of this blog in the spring of 2010. It is republished here with light revisions. I spent some time with the papers of a recent conference at Virginia: Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come. Here are some comments on them, with quotations from...

Collaborative curation of Early Modern plays by undergraduates

  The following is an abridged and lightly edited version of a blog entry that I first posted in March 2010 on my now defunct Literary Informatics blog. Here is a small but potentially promising experiment with a group of undergraduates in a Shakespeare class that I taught in the winter of 2010. Its s...

“Fluent in Marlowe”: Emily’s and Sasha’s successful adventures in data curation

 In 2009  Emily Anderson and Sasha Puchalla, two undergraduates  in a course on Early Modern drama I taught then collaborated on acourse assignment to to check and correct the TCP EEBO transcription of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine. They worked from a spreadsheet with a ‘verticalized’ representation of the text in which every word was a data row...