[Humanist] 23.375 text-mining at Stanford?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Oct 15 05:57:02 GMT 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 375.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2009 18:22:57 +0100
        From: Jockers Matthew <mjockers at stanford.edu>
        Subject: Possible Text Mining Opportunity at Stanford


As I'm sure many of you already know, Stanford has been closely  
involved with Google's book scanning project, and we (Stanford) are  
currently preparing a proposal for the creation of a text mining /  
analysis Center on campus.  The core assets of the proposed Center  
would include all of the Google data (approx. 30 million books) plus  
all of our Highwire data and all of our licensed content.  We see a  
wide range of research opportunities for this collection, and we are  
envisioning a Center that would offer various levels of interaction  
with scholars.  In particular we envision a "tiered" service model  
that would, on one hand, allow technically challenged researchers to  
work with Center staff in formulating research questions and, on the  
other, an opportunity for more technically advanced scholars to write  
their own algorithms and run them on the corpus.  We are imagining the  
Center as both a resource and as a physical place, a place that will  
offer support to both internal and external scholars and graduate  
students.  We are looking at creating fellowship opportunities and  
post docs as well as other ways of encouraging and supporting  

I am writing to you specifically because I think this will be  
something you are interested in but also because at this stage of the  
proposal we are looking for some external validation that this corpus  
would be of value and that the research it would support would inspire  
new questions and new knowledge.  I have already polled our Stanford  
faculty, and the response (especially in the humanities and social  
sciences) has been very enthusiastic.  My hope is that you might be  
able to send a few words (at most a short paragraph) that I could add  
to a section of our proposal that is titled "Scholarly Interest and  
Research Potential".

Hope you are all well and getting your abstracts polished for London  
in 2010.


Matthew Jockers
Stanford University

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