Scalable Reading

  ‘Scalable reading’ is my term for Digitally Assisted Text Analysis or, if you like acronyms, DATA.  I owe the term partly to Franco Moretti ,who some years ago coined the term ‘distant reading’ as a way of challenging the hallowed...

Collaborative Curation of TCP texts

This is a report about the current state of the collaborative curation of TCP texts. While I have written about this topic many times on this blog, this report is written for newcomers who have an interest in what was printed before 1800 but may or may not know...

TCP2ESTC

Introduction and Summary This is a report about an experiment with ~ 4,000  texts from the Text Creation Partnership ( TCP). It is more in the spirit of concept cars than production models.  There may also be an aspect of changing fro 5.25 to 3.5 floppy disks.  The...

Engineering English: Machine-corrected TCP texts

Engineering and English are alphabetical neighbours in a university list of disciplines, but the members of those disciplines tend to think of the other as on the other end of the disciplinary spectrum. But work in English departments has for centuries depended on the...

What is a digital combo?

How should an old book live in the digital environment of the 21st century? My answer is “as a digital combo that brings together three data streams, each a surrogate that represents and contextualizes aspect of the original object”. Call them the...