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)


Complete the CIC TCP initiative with a BTAA initiative for creating matching images that are free and high-quality

The libraries of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) are looking forward to an “interdependent networked future”  and to managing their separate collections “as if they were a single, shared one“.  Here are some ideas about how this might work in Early Modern Studies, a field to whose documentary infrastructure those libraries have  made a...

Looking up stuff in an Early Modern corpus

The following is a discussion of a set of “search and sort” operations that could be useful in exploring the EEBO-TCP corpus of English books before 1700. It also includes some paragraphs about making texts more computationally tractable so that search operations can more quickly answer more complex queries. A good search environment depends as...

Freebo, Free Lunch, and Crowdfunding New EEBO Images

Here is a prefixed postscript (April 18, 2016) to my December 2015 blog post about creating new EEBO images: in a recent conversation with Thomas Stäcker, the deputy director of the Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (HAB), I learned that their average cost for creating a digital image good enough for most scholarly purposes is about a dollar...