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)

Posts tagged "crowdsourcing"

New release of Shakespeare His Contemporaries

I have put a new version of Shakespeare His Contemporaries on Google Drive, where you may or view or download the plays. In this version I have grouped the plays by decades and put them in directories with names like 155, 156 …165. The plays have been encoded in TEI  Simple. The texts are in...

Getting undergraduates and amateurs into the business of re-editing our cultural heritage for a digital world

The following reprints an earlier post of an entry that I first published on January 7, 2011 on my now defunct “Literary Informatics” site.   The Chicago section of today’s New York Times has an article with the title “Volunteers at Planetarium Excel where machines lag.” The gist of the article is in these paragraphs:...

From transcription to scholarship

Today’s New York Times carried a touching obituary of Claude Anne Lopez, author of Mon Cher Papa: Franklin and the Ladies of London   and other biographical studies of Franklin. A Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Belgium, she arrived in America in 1941. She married an historian who moved to Yale, where the only employment available to...

Google maps and crowdsourcing

David Pogue has an  on his New York Times blog about what makes Google maps so good.  It’s a story of incremental and iterative improvement over years, combining sophisticated algorithms with a lot of manual work. Definite lessons for the incremental and iterative improvement over time of the TCP texts and similar corpora.