[Humanist] 29.615 events: masterclass in digital history (London)

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Tue Jan 12 08:41:13 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 615.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:22:28 +0000
        From: Adam Crymble <adam.crymble at gmail.com>
        Subject: Digital History Masterclass (London - 2 Feb 2016)

Dear Fellow Humanists,

I will be hosting a free digital history masterclass at the Institute of
Historical Research in London on 2 February 2016 (2-4:30pm). Places are
extremely limited to ensure participants receive individual attention.

Sign up:


This 2.5 hour ‘masterclass’ offers a practical workshop in which
participants will learn how to extract dozens of place name keywords from a
series of historical texts. The keywords will then be exported to a format
that could easily be ‘geo-referenced’ and then mapped. This will be useful
for anyone who regularly works with digitised texts who wants to be able to
identify sets of keywords for further research (eg, place names, personal
names, adjectives, etc). It is expected that once you have completed this
lesson, you will be able to generalise the skills to extract custom sets of
keywords from any set of locally saved historical sources.

The masterclass will be led by Adam Crymble, lecturer of Digital History
at the University of Hertfordshire. The Digital History Masterclass series
is a joint initiative of the Digital History Research Centre
 http://herts.ac.uk/digital-history  (DHRC) at the University of
Hertfordshire, and of IHR Digital  http://www.history.ac.uk/digital of the
Institute of Historical Research  http://www.history.ac.uk/ .

Optional Extra:

Participants are encouraged to attend an optional seminar (5-7pm) at the
IHR by Katrina Navickas, who will describe how she used similar techniques
to map the pubs in London where the popular political movement the
Chartists held their meetings in the nineteenth century:

Katrina Navickas, ‘Political Meetings Mapper with British Library Labs:
mapping the origins of British democratic movements with text-mining, NLP,
geo-parsing and crowd-sourcing’. (https://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/

All the best,

Adam Crymble
Lecturer of Digital History
University of Hertfordshire

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