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Historical Texts: visualising digital collections

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This demo will showcase Jisc Historical Texts and new collections, features and visualisations that have been developed over the last year.

Historical Texts provides access to a wide range of historically significant digital collections that are heavily used in teaching, learning and research including Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library.

A number of innovative visualisations such as hospital maps, wall of images, timelines, and body parts search have been developed to aid the exploration of the content.

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Historical Texts: visualising digital collections

  1. 1. Historical texts: visualising digital collections Jonathan Cates, Digital content product manager, Jisc
  2. 2. > >Slide Historical texts 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)2
  3. 3. > >Slide Historical texts >https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk >https://ukmhl.historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)3
  4. 4. > >Slide What is Historical texts? > Historical texts is a service that enables you to search, view and download 400,000 texts published from the late C15th to the long C19th > It contains four collections: > Early English Books Online (EEBO) (1473-1700) > Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800) > British Library 19th Century collection (1789-1914) > UK Medical Heritage Library Including a wealth of content and coverage of subject areas including English literature, history, geography, science, social science, religion and medicine. 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)4
  5. 5. > >Slide Early English Books Online (EEBO) From the first book printed in English byWilliam Caxton, EEBO includes over 125,000 titles published in Britain and British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere, between 1473 and 1700 covering a wealth of early modern materials. 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)5
  6. 6. > >Slide Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) A collection of all the books published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century, comprising 33 million pages from more than 180,000 titles. The collection includes works in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish andWelsh. 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)6
  7. 7. > >Slide British Library 19th Century Collection More than 65,000 out of copyright editions from the 19th century, cover a similarly diverse range of topics philosophy, history, poetry and literature. The collection extends to over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible content. 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)7
  8. 8. > >Slide Powerful search 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)8
  9. 9. > >Slide Powerful search 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)9
  10. 10. > >Slide Viewer 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)10
  11. 11. > >Slide Viewer 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)11
  12. 12. > >Slide UK Medical Heritage Library The UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) is the culmination of a three-year project between Jisc, the Internet Archive, theWellcome Library and nine other partner institutions to digitise more than 15 million pages in over 66,000 works. 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)12
  13. 13. > >Slide UK Medical Heritage Library 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)13
  14. 14. > >Slide Hospital map 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)14
  15. 15. > >Slide Hospital map >Familiar map based interface >Re-using existing datasets >False positives >Partnerships and crowdsourcing? 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)15
  16. 16. > >Slide Image wall 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)16
  17. 17. > >Slide Image wall >Rich visual content >Highlights the diversity of the collection >What is an image? >Extracting tabular data 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)17
  18. 18. > >Slide Body parts sunburst 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)18
  19. 19. > >Slide Body parts sunburst >Browsing thematic collections >Hierarchical >Terminology >Limitations and accessibility 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)19
  20. 20. > >Slide Ngram viewer 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)20
  21. 21. > >Slide Ngram viewer >Easy to understand >Term analysis >Instantly see trends >Sample bias and limitations 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)21
  22. 22. > >Slide What next? >Integrating UKMHL >A new collection >Variant spelling search enhancements >We’d like to hear from you 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)22
  23. 23. > >Slide Further information >Website: http://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk >Support materials: http://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/support >YouTube: youtube.com/user/jischistoricaltexts >Twitter: https://twitter.com/HistoricalTexts >Helpdesk: historicaltexts@jisc.ac.uk 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)23
  24. 24. > >Slide jisc.ac.uk Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND > > Contact details Jonathan Cates Digital content product manager Jonathan.cates@jisc.ac.uk Any questions? 15/03/2017 Historical Texts: visualising digital collections (https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/home)24Slide

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