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)

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Whither TEI? The Next Thirty Years

In the next fifty years the entirety of our inherited archive of cultural works will have to be re-edited within a network of digital storage, access, and dissemination (Jerome McGann, 2001) You have to put the corn where the hogs can get at it (Bill Clinton) Only the paranoid survive (Andrew Grove)   Introduction At...

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...

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...

Hannah, Kate, and Lydia at work

While reviewing the work of Hannah, Kate, and Lydia, I enjoyed the precision and concision of their annotations. A sample of them appears below. While a full documentation would require snippets of the image and the transcription as well as the annotation, the annotations themselves clearly show their minds at work, combining clear description with...

Thou com’st in such a questionable shape: Data Janitoring the SHC corpus from the perspectives of Hannah, Kate, and Lydia

  Below are the reflections of Hannah Bredar, Kate Needham, and Lydia Zoells about their adventures in the mundane world of Lower Criticism,  about which I wrote in an earlier blog and of which the digital surrogates of our cultural heritage will need a lot in the decades to come.  Racine observes in his preface...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC): The next release

This is a progress report on the basic clean-up of the 504 plays in my current Shakespeare his Contemporaries corpus (SHC).  I hope to release an updated corpus  by the end of November. It will replace the current corpus at https://github.com/martinmueller39/shc The SHC texts are partially curated versions of the TCP texts, which  have “known...

N-grams, Authorship and Influence: Restoring Thomas Kyd’s Canon

I am delighted to post the following guest  blog by Darren Freebury Jones at Cardiff University. “He was right after all, and the scholars who for a generation now have ignored or sneered at his evidence, sometimes—when they have condescended to mention it—printing the word evidence itself between inverted commas, have not turned out to...

Engineering English: Machine-assisted curation of TCP texts

The are somewhere in the neighbourhood of five million incompletely transcribed words in the rougly two billion words of English books before 1700 transcribed by the Text Creation Partnership. Depending on how you look at it, that is either a  lot or not very much at all. Less than half a percent of words are...

Hannah, Kate, Lydia, and Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC)

In an earlier blog entry I reported about the ways in which undergraduates at Northwestern and Washington University in St. Louis have contributed to the collaborative curation of TCP transcriptions of Early Modern plays. Their work was released on github as the SHC corpus, short for Shakespeare His Contemporaries. Hannah Bredar just graduated from Northwestern...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC) Released

In my earlier post “From Shakespeare His Contemporaries to the Book of English” I promised to release all SHC plays “later this spring.” I have now done so, and you may download all 504 of them from https://github.com/martinmueller39/shc.  Most of the texts come from Phase I of the TCP project and have been in the...

Best Buy and Curation en passant

I went to Best Buy to reduce the clutter of remote controls in my living room and simplify my life. Logitech’s Harmony may be the answer. Cheap it isn’t, but then ‘cheap’ and ‘simple’ are hardly synonyms–witness the very simple and very expensive white KPM china of the Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin. I paused at the...

From Shakespeare His Contemporaries to the Book of English

 Introduction and Summary This is a report about “Shakespeare His Contemporaries”  of SHC, my project for creating an interoperable digital corpus of plays that in addition to Shakespeare’s include most of the plays written within a generation before and after his active career as a playwright. Its keywords are “query potential”, “digital surrogate”, “algorithmic amenability”, and...