PROJECTS

Here you can find information on all projects, both past and present, within the Humanities Research Institute.

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Aphra Behn

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Caxton and Beyond

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Chamber Books Project

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Kingship, Court and Society: the Chamber Books of Henry VII and Henry VIII, 1485-1521

Oxeye

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Carillion has commissioned HRI Digital to develop Phase 1 of a new type of library management system that aims to overcome the deficiencies of existing systems in the library automation software sector

Estoria de Espanna

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The principal aim of this project is to develop a digital exhibition of manuscripts of the Estoria de Espanna, a thirteenth-century chronicle of Spain, alongside physical exhibitions of the manuscripts in some of Spain's leading institutions.

Crusaders to the Holy Land

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Crusaders to the Holy Land is a database of participants and family relationships relating to the expeditions that took place between 1105 - 1149. The data was compiled by colleagues at the University of Leeds. The University of Leeds has also funded HRI Digital to make the database publicly available as an online research resource.

Dewdrop

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How discoverable are your digitised collections? HRI Digital is developing a tool (internal name "Dewdrop") which will support discovery solutions for online research resources both at national and/or institutional level.

Imprint

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A forensic and historical investigation of fingerprints on medieval seals using documents held in Lincoln Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and the National Library of Wales.

Gersum Project

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This project aims to understand Scandinavian influence on English vocabulary by examining the origins of up to 1,600 words in a corpus of Middle English poems from the North of England.

New Directions in Digital Humanities Research

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Cross-disciplinary exploratory projects on four subjects as diverse as 1) medieval ossuaries in 3D, 2) automatic audio-visual analysis, 3) the relationships between digital/virtual and physical musical practice, and 4) the dangers of leaving or losing our digital legacy.

Baudelaire Song Project

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The Baudelaire Song Project will research and bring together for the first time all the song settings ever of Baudelaire’s poetry, looking at classical music and popular music settings, in French original and in translation, with music scores and in audio format.

RECODE: Open Access to Research Data

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HRI Digital is working with RECODE to develop an online toolkit to accompany its European Union policy recommendations for open access to research data.

Reinventing Local Public Libraries

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Carillion plc and the University of Sheffield aim to re-think local public libraries, identify the requirements of a Library Management System (LMS) capable of delivering the library of the future, and identify further opportunities for collaboration between Carillion and experts at the University of Sheffield.

Mark My Bird

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HRI Digital is working with the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences to develop a crowd-sourcing system that will enable the general public to identify key features on approx. 20,000 3D models of bird bills.

Linguistic DNA of Modern Western Thought

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The aim of this project is to understand the evolution of early modern thought by modelling the semantic and conceptual changes which occurred in English discourse (c.1500-c.1800). The project will use information extraction techniques and data visualisation to identify lexical patterns in 250,00 texts.

Gothic Tours

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Gothic tours is an annotated map of country homes, and other sites of historic interest, which have played an important part in shaping the Gothic imaginary from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Digital Folk

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Led by the University of Sheffield's Department of Music with the University of Westminster's Faculty of Media Arts & Design, this project aims to develop a new understanding of the ramifications of digital resources for development and change in the content, concept and practice of folk arts in contemporary England.

Eighteenth-Century English Phonology Database

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The Eighteenth-Century English Phonology Database (ECEP) is an online database designed for the study of eighteenth-century English phonology, which will allow users to investigate the social, regional and lexical distribution of phonological variants in eighteenth-century English.

Philosophy of Habit

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This project will present an original history of the nineteenth-century philosophical debate about habit. The research will draw on international archival resources and privately owned unpublished manuscripts that will be transcribed, translated, and published online.

Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity

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Exploring how the banishment of hundreds of Christian clerics to a myriad of places all around the Mediterranean during the religious controversies of late antiquity shaped the institution of the Christian Church in this period and beyond.

Film Hub North: How Audiences Form

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This project involves the School of English, Department of Sociological Studies and HRI Digital working with Film Hub North and the BFI to develop a Strategic Plan for developing audience engagement in national cinema.

HIV Communities

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This AHRC-funded seminar series is part of the Connected Communities Theme. Led by Keele University, it seeks to explore and understand the historical and contemporary cultures, communities and connections in the HIV Sector.

Transforming Research Methods in the Humanities

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A PhD studentship network that comprises three interrelated projects which seek to explore methods that are emergent within their home disciplines as well as potentially transformative for research in the arts and humanities.

Connecting Shakespeare

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A collaborative R&D project between the Folger Shakespeare Library and the HRI Digital team to develop a federated semantic search and discovery service for the Folger’s multiple, online resources.

Heaton Map Project

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The aim of this project is to produce a mobile, map-based guide to locations in Leeds connected to Dr John Deakin Heaton (1817-1880) and mentioned in his Journal. Heaton was a Leeds physician and promoter of provincial civic pride in nineteenth-century Britain.

Spotlight on the Digital

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How discoverable are your digitised collections? HRI Digital is developing a specification for a tool which will support discovery solutions for online research resources both at national and/or institutional level.

Digital Panopticon

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This project will bring together genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held in the UK and Australia in order to explore the impact of the different types of penal punishments on the lives of 66,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925.

Intoxicants and Early Modernity

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This project will interrogate the production, trade, legislation, consumption and culture (social and material) of intoxicants throughout the early modern period using ontology modelling and data visualisations.

Whites Writing Whiteness

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Letters, Domestic Figurations & Representations of Whiteness in South Africa 1770s-1970s

Wenxian Covenant Texts

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Recording, searching and visualising scribal practises in the fifth-century BC Chinese Wenxian Covenant Texts.

Sheffield Music Map

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HRI Digital and the School of English are working with Sensoria Festival to develop a mobile application which provides users with access to a location-based guide to Sheffield’s musical heritage.

Sheffield Participatory Arts Network

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The Sheffield Participatory Arts Network (SPAN), set up in 2012, is an open network of community arts groups, music groups, and workshop leaders.

History DMT

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History DMT (Data Management Training and Guidance) seeks to integrate best practice, good principles, and skills of research data management within the postgraduate curriculum and among early career historians.

CEELBAS Learning Centre

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An assessment system aimed at advanced learners of Polish who need to continue language education at the postgraduate level, and are looking develop the comprehension skills to aid with their research.

Participating in Search Design: A Study of George Thomason's English Newsbooks

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Using participatory design methods to understand how search is used within humanities research in order to to improve search interfaces.

Scillonian Dialect Project

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This project will investigate the variety of English spoken by the population of the Isles of Scilly (a group of islands 28 miles off Land's End, Cornwall).

Protestants Behind the Iron Curtain

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A project which seeks to understand religious belief, identity, and narrative in Russia and Ukraine since 1945 using first-hand accounts.

Enemy of the People: Visual Representations of Chiang Kai-shek

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Visual depictions of Chiang Kai-shek from various forms of propaganda and other art from the 1940s through to the 2000s, with a particular concentration on negative images of Chiang.

Database of Mid-Victorian Illustrations

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A database which contains the records and images of 868 literary illustrations published in or around 1862, providing bibliographical and iconographical details, as well as the images themselves.

Kinecting Up the Past

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Exploring cheap consumer-grade technology to capture environments and artefacts in 3-dimensions using Microsoft’s Kinect controller.

Lane's Masonic Records

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John Lane's Masonic Records, 1717-1894, listing all the lodges established by the English Grand Lodges and updated to provide information on lodges that came into existence after 1894.

Q Cinema: Monetising Research-led Public Engagement at the Showroom Cinema

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A collaborative project with Sheffield's Showroom Cinema and the Dept of Sociological Studies to combine technology and high quality academic research in order to generate additional economic value from the cinema's existing content and programming.

Networks of Book Makers, Owners and Users in Late Medieval England

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This project uses network visualisation to advance knowledge of individuals, institutions and communities in both the medieval and the early modern periods which made and used books.

England's Immigrants, 1330-1550

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Recording and analysing evidence of foreigners who chose to make their lives and livelihoods in England in the era of the Hundred Years War, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses.

Manuscripts Online - Written Culture from 1000 to 1500

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Federated searching of primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the medieval period.

Ola Nordmann Goes West

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A Norwegian journey to the Promised Land. This project uses a 3D virtual world to reconstruct the experience of immigration in the 19th century from a Norway village to New York.

Late Medieval English Scribes

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An online catalogue of all scribal hands (identified or unidentified) which appear in Middle English, literary manuscripts.

Early Modern Manuscript Poetry: Recovering our Scribal Heritage

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This project enriches our knowledge and understanding of early modern English and Scottish scribal communities, literary activity, and the more covert political culture which, for reasons of censorship, operated outside print.

Renaissance Cultural Crossroads

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A searchable, analytical and annotated list of all translations out of and into all languages printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland before 1641.

Online Froissart

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An online edition of the manuscripts of Jean Froissart's Chronicles of the Hundred Years´ War, one of the most influential works of late medieval French literature.

Manor Lodge Project

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Interactive 3D reconstructions of the the medieval and sixteenth-century hunting lodge of Sheffield.

Kiosque

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Exhibition software which enables users to explore manuscript images either freely or within the context of an exhibition narrative.

Crime in the Community

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Enhancing user engagement for teaching and research with the Old Bailey Online website.

Connected Histories: Sources for Building British History, 1500-1900

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Sophisticated, federated searching of a wide range of electronic sources on the subject of early modern and nineteenth-century British history.

Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York 1300-1858

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Searchable access to the extensive collection of York cause papers – records of the individual cases of the church courts held at York.

John Foxe Project

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A new, definitive edition of John Foxe's Acts and Monuments of the English Martyrs, based on a textual reconstruction of the four editions published in Foxe's lifetime.

Virtual Vellum

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Virtual Vellum produced a prototype image viewer making possible the retrieval, manipulation and annotation/hotspotting of very-high-resolution image datasets.

Stuart London Project

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The project has produced a full-text electronic edition of John Strype's enormous two-volume 1720 edition, with its celebrated maps and plates.

Sheffield Corpus of Chinese for Diachronic Linguistic Study

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A feasibility study based on three Chinese texts from the Song (960-1279), Ming (1366-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties to facilitate study of the development and varieties of the language.

Scrutiny: A Firefox Extension for Entity Recognition within Research Data

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The project developed a Firefox extension called Scrutiny, which scans scan web pages selected by individual users and highlights entities that it thinks will interest them.

Scilly Voices

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A collaboration between the Isles of Scilly Museum and the University of Sheffield, working to produce an online database which archives the Islands' oral history collection.

Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical

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An annotated catalogue which explores the popular dissemination of science in the nineteenth century through the medium of periodicals designed for a general readership.

Russian Visual Arts

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Exploring the emergence of art criticism and art theory as a distinct genre in Russia from the period both prior to, and inclusive of, the establishment of Mir iskusstva.

Richard Brome Online

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An online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome, which combines dramatic textual scholarship with theatre practice.

Proceedings of the Central Criminal Court

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This project, a continuation of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, added a further 100,000 trials and 70 million words of text, extending the period covered from 1834 to 1913.

London Lives

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A comprehensive electronic edition of primary sources on criminal justice and the provision of poor relief and medical care in eighteenth-century London.

Galdós Editions Project

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Benito Pérez Galdós (1843-1920) is widely regarded as being Spain's greatest novelist after Cervantes. The project produced new critical editions of his Torquemada novels.

Pegasus

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Pegasus developed a grid-enabled interface for sharing and displaying in real-time selected virtual reality exhibition materials.

Partonopeus de Blois

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An electronic edition of the 10 manuscript witnesses of the anonymous 12th-century French romance Partonopeus de Blois.

Origins of Early Modern Literature: Recovering Mid-Tudor Writing for a Modern Readership

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An annotated online catalogue of mid-Tudor writing, a period which saw the Reformation, the consolidation of the Tudor state, and the rise of English as a national language.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online

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The proceedings of the Old Bailey from 1674 to 1834 detail some 100,000 individual trials. The scope of the project has since been extended to 1913.

Managing Expert Witnesses

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An online system for managing information relating to Expert Witnesses, developed in partnership with the Merseyside Family Justice Council.

Latin Stemming Project

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This project developed and evaluated conflation techniques for searching of Latin texts by non-Latin specialists.

Lands of the Normans in England (1204-44)

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Exploring the impact on the Anglo-French aristocracy of the collapse of the 'Anglo-Norman realm' in 1204 through the families and properties recorded in contemporary documents.

John Ruskin and the Idea of a Museum

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An online, virtual reconstruction of the Walkley Museum and the collection of the Guild of St George using contemporary evidence (original photographs).

James Madison Carpenter Collection Online Catalogue

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The James Madison Carpenter Collection is a major collection of traditional song and drama from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the USA, documented in the period 1927-55.

HumBox

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HumBox is an Open Educational Repository (OER) which encourages teachers within HE institutions to publish excellent teaching and learning resources openly on the web.

Hartlib Papers

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Now available online. A complete electronic edition, with full-text transcription and facsimile images, of all 25,000 seventeenth-century manuscripts of the `intelligencer´ and man of science, Samuel Hartlib.

French Film Stars

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An online database of filmographies and bibliographical references for all major French film stars.

Flora Tristan Project

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A digital edition on CD-ROM of the correspondence of the nineteenth-century French feminist and socialist Flora Tristan.

Electronic Texts in East Asian Languages

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The project investigated the problems and opportunities associated with producing an electronic resource of East Asian texts.

Cotton Manuscripts Project

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This project assisted the British Library in updating the catalogues of the manuscript library of Sir Robert Cotton (1586-1631).

Cistercians in Yorkshire

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This project created a freely available web-based learning package exploring the history and architecture of the Cistercian order in Britain, particular looking at five Cistercian Abbeys in Yorkshire.

Canterbury Tales Project

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Electronic transcription of all the manuscript and early printed versions of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, thus providing clues as to the textual tradition of the poem.

André Gide Editions

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This project enabled André Gide´s novel Les Caves du Vatican to be published on CD-ROM by the French publisher Gallimard.

Armadillo: Historical Data Mining

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This project used a set of online resources in 18th century British social history to evaluate the potential benefits of Semantic Web technology for Arts and Humanities researchers.

AHRC Technical Appendix: Review and Recommendations

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A review of the AHRC's Technical Appendix and made recommendations for a 'Technical Plan' on behalf of the Network of Expert Centres.

e-Science Workshops: The Access Grid in Collaborative Arts and Humanities Research

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The aim of this series of workshops was to evaluate the usefulness of the Access Grid for collaborative arts and humanities research.

Taxatio

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The aim of the Taxatio project is to provide a comprehensive new edition of the listing and valuation of the ecclesiastical benefices of England and Wales which comprise the 'spiritualities' sections of the assessment.

Personal Signage through Augmented Reality

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Using the latest augmented reality for mobile devices, this is a pilot study aiming to create a private tour guide able to give directions specifically tailored to suit individuals.

Olive Schreiner Letters Project

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Complete transcriptions of approximately 7,000 letters of Olive Schreiner, the feminist, socialist writer and social theorist Olive Schreiner (1855-1920).

In Mozart's Words

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A complete, four-language, annotated searchable edition of Mozarts´ letters, offering users first-hand insight into the workings of his remarkable musical career.

Locating London's Past

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A GIS interface for mapping textual and artefactual data relating to the 17th and 18th centuries against early maps of London.

Exhibitor

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This project aims to enhance new interactive software, called Kiosque, and to deliver and display information content packages for interactive, or rolling, presentational purposes

Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship Related Questions

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This project explores authorship across three digitised image datasets: medieval manuscripts, old maps and a collection of quilts.

Dialect in British Fiction 1800-1836

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This project is describing and analysing the representation of dialect in 100-120 novels published between 1800 and 1836.

Data Mining with Criminal Intent: Using Zotero and TAPoR on the Old Bailey Proceedings

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This project illustrates how the tools of digital humanities can be used to wrest new knowledge from one of the largest humanities data sets currently available: the Old Bailey Online.

Norman Blake Editions of The Canterbury Tales

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The Norman Blake Editions will be a series of online editions which present full diplomatic transcriptions of seven manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

Bess of Hardwick's Letters

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This project aims to create a fully searchable, online edition of the letters of Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (also known as Bess of Hardwick).

Beyond the Label

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We worked with the Courtauld Institute of Art to understand how participatory design can be used to improve people's understanding of art within the context of the gallery or museum space.

Archive of Exile

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Combining academic and practice-based research to explore the notions of 'exile' and 'archive' with creative arts practitioners.

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