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...

Hannah, Kate, and Lydia at work

While reviewing the work of Hannah, Kate, and Lydia, I enjoyed the precision and concision of their annotations. A sample of them appears below. While a full documentation would require snippets of the image and the transcription as well as the annotation, the...

Engineering English: Machine-assisted curation of TCP texts

The are somewhere in the neighbourhood of five million incompletely transcribed words in the rougly two billion words of English books before 1700 transcribed by the Text Creation Partnership. Depending on how you look at it, that is either a  lot or not very much at...

Best Buy and Curation en passant

I went to Best Buy to reduce the clutter of remote controls in my living room and simplify my life. Logitech’s Harmony may be the answer. Cheap it isn’t, but then ‘cheap’ and ‘simple’ are hardly synonyms–witness the very...

From Shakespeare His Contemporaries to the Book of English

 Introduction and Summary This is a report about “Shakespeare His Contemporaries”  of SHC, my project for creating an interoperable digital corpus of plays that in addition to Shakespeare’s include most of the plays written within a generation before...