Text Mining for Historians

Text Mining for Historians

Zoe Bliss, AHDS History, University of Essex
University of Glasgow
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
17.07.2007 - 18.07.2007
Torsten Reimer

Text Mining for Historians workshop at University of Glasgow 17-18 July 2007

A workshop organized by Zoe Bliss, AHDS History and the Association for History and Computing UK (AHC-UK)

Texts are central to historical research and an increasing body of historical texts are becoming available in electronic format. Despite a long-standing interest in computer aided text analysis the use of computer assisted methods and tools are not widespread amongst historians.

This workshop aims to:

*Introduce participants to the methods and tools developed and currently employed by corpus linguists

*Provide practical hands on experience of using these tools

*Enable participants to explore the pros and cons of employing these tools and methods in historical research.

It builds upon the successful Methods Network Workshop on Historical Text Mining in Lancaster in July 2006 (http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/activities/act6.html).

The workshop is aimed at academic staff and post graduates whose research involves the analysis of significant bodies of textual material and who would like to know more about computerised techniques and tools that they could potentially use to aid their research. Moreover, the workshop will be particularly useful for researchers who would like practical hands on experience of using these tools. The workshop is free of charge, with lunch and refreshments included.

For more information about the programme, and details of how to register, please visit: http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/activities/act25.html

The AHRC ICT Methods Network exists to promote and support the application of advanced ICT methods in the arts and humanities. Please see the Methods Network website for details about further activities that are being run by, or in conjunction with, the Methods Network. The Methods Network funds seminars, workshops and other activities which demonstrate the impact on and value to arts and humanities research of advanced ICT methods.



Tuesday 17 July 2007
12.00 Arrival and Lunch
13.00 Presentations from four current projects including:
Clare Llewellyn and Rob Sanderson (University of Liverpool) from the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM);
Paul Rayson (University of Lancaster) on Corpus Annotation;
Mark Greengrass (University of Sheffield) on the Armadillo project and Historical Data Mining;
Christian Kay (University of Glasgow) on the Historical Thesaurus of English.
16.45 Discussion
17.30 Close

Wednesday 18 July 2007
09.00 Practical sessions: Text Mining Tools including Wmatrix and VARD
15.00 Discussion: Text Mining in Historical Research: opportunities and drawbacks
16.00 End


Torsten Reimer

King's College London


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