Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Palimpsest: improving assisted curation of loco-specific literature

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Author(s)

Beatrice Alex, Claire Grover, Jon Oberlander, Tara Thomson, Miranda Anderson, James Loxley, Uta Hinrichs, Ke Zhou

School/Research organisations

Abstract

Text mining and information visualization techniques applied to large-scale historical and literary document collections have enabled new types of humanities research. The assumption behind such efforts is often that trends will emerge from the analysis despite errors for individual data points and that noise will be dominated by the signal in the data. However, for some text analysis tasks, the technology is unable to perform as well as domain experts, perhaps because it does not have sufficient world knowledge or metadata available. Yet, the advantage of language processing technology is that it can process at scale, even if not perfectly accurately. Geo-locating literary works is one example where human expert knowledge is invaluable when it comes to distinguishing between candidate works. This was the underlying assumption in Palimpsest, an interdisciplinary digital humanities research project on mining literary Edinburgh. From the outset, the project adopted an assisted curation process whereby the automatic processing of large data collections was combined with manual checking to identify literary works set in Edinburgh. In this article, we introduce the assisted curation process and evaluate how the feedback from literary scholars helped to improve the technology, thereby highlighting the importance of placing humanities research at the core of digital humanities projects.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)i4-i16
JournalDigital Scholarship in the Humanities
Volume32
Issue numberSuppl 1
Early online date7 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Walkers—encoding multivariate data into human motion sequences

    Carson, I., Hinrichs, U. & Quigley, A. J., 5 May 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  2. Mining the material archive: balancing sensate experience and sense-making in digitized print collections

    Forlini, S., Hinrichs, U. & Brosz, J., 23 Nov 2018, In : Open Library of Humanities. 4, 2, p. 1-36 36 p., 35.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. In defense of sandcastles: research thinking through visualization in digital humanities

    Hinrichs, U., Forlini, S. & Moynihan, B., 29 Oct 2018, In : Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (DSH). Advance Articles, 20 p., fqy051.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Self-reflection and personal physicalization construction

    Thudt, A., Hinrichs, U., Huron, S. & Carpendale, S., 21 Apr 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'18). New York, NY: ACM, 13 p. 154

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  5. Considering agency and data granularity in the design of visualization tools

    Mendez, G. G., Nacenta, M. & Hinrichs, U., 21 Apr 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'18). New York, NY: ACM, 14 p. 638

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Related by journal

  1. In defense of sandcastles: research thinking through visualization in digital humanities

    Hinrichs, U., Forlini, S. & Moynihan, B., 29 Oct 2018, In : Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (DSH). Advance Articles, 20 p., fqy051.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Trading Consequences: a case study of combining text mining and visualisation to facilitate document exploration

    Hinrichs, U., Alex, B., Clifford, J., Watson, A., Quigley, A. J., Klein, E. & Coates, C. M., 1 Dec 2015, In : Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (DSH). 30, Supplement 1, p. i50-i75

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ID: 256386355