Metadata Analytics, Visualization, and Optimization: Experiments in statistical analysis of the Digital Public Library…


By: Corey A. Harper

This paper presents the concepts of metadata assessment and “quantification”, provides a technical outline of data pre-processing, and proposes some visualization techniques that can help us understand metadata characteristics in a given context. Additionally, the closing sections introduce the concept of metadata optimization and explore the use of machine learning techniques to optimize metadata in…

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Editors' Choice: Choosing Your Own Adventure: Teaching Sport History Online


By: Andrew McGregor

Teaching online is intimidating, but gauging by the audience in my NASSH panel “Teaching Sport History in the Digital Era,” it is a topic that many of us want to learn more about. In this post, I want to build off some of the ideas offered in that panel, on this blog, and offer my…

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Editors' Choice: Geographical Text Analysis: A new approach to understanding nineteenth-century mortality


By: Catherine Porter, Paul Atkinson, Ian Gregory

This paper uses a combination of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and corpus linguistic analysis to extract and analyse disease related keywords from the Registrar-General's Decennial Supplements. Combined with known mortality figures, this provides, for the first time, a spatial picture of the relationship between the Registrar-General's discussion of disease and deaths in England and Wales…

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Editors' Choice: A Macro-Etymological Analysis of Milton’s Paradise Lost


By: Jonathan Reeve

The following describes an experiment in macro-etymological analysis of Milton’s Paradise Lost, whereby the origins of the epic’s words are quantified by book, section, and speaker. This experiment hopes to reveal trends in the voices and resonances of the poem’s etymological registers that invite the reader to imagine Biblical or classical parallels. Read the full article…

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