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Removing black boxes:
exposing software to
researchers
Dr James Baker
Curator, Digital Research
@j_w_baker
www.bl.uk 2
www.bl.uk 3
www.bl.uk 4
“The greatest disaster for the historical record wasn’t the computer. It was the
invention of the telephone.” ...
www.bl.uk 5
NB: Not a scene from the
British Library!!
www.bl.uk 6
www.bl.uk 7
Similarity score (sdhash) plotted against absolute difference in indicated dates
(days) between files (each po...
www.bl.uk 8
www.bl.uk 9
www.bl.uk 10
github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
www.bl.uk 11
github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
www.bl.uk 12
github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
www.bl.uk 13
github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
www.bl.uk 14
github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
www.bl.uk 15
picaguess.herokuapp.com
www.bl.uk 16
picaguess.herokuapp.com
www.bl.uk 17
picaguess.herokuapp.com
www.bl.uk 18
picaguess.herokuapp.com
www.bl.uk 19
www.bl.uk 20
Thank you!
@j_w_baker
james.baker@bl.uk
http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/
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Removing black boxes: exposing software to researchers

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Slides for a talk I gave at [*Scholarship in Software, Software as Scholarship: From Genesis to Peer Review*](https://infoclio.ch/en/node/137184), Universität Bern, 29 January 2015.

Notes: https://gist.github.com/drjwbaker/3d54d6712a0a124b0530

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Removing black boxes: exposing software to researchers

  1. 1. Removing black boxes: exposing software to researchers Dr James Baker Curator, Digital Research @j_w_baker
  2. 2. www.bl.uk 2
  3. 3. www.bl.uk 3
  4. 4. www.bl.uk 4 “The greatest disaster for the historical record wasn’t the computer. It was the invention of the telephone.” —@TimHitchcock at #rrchnm20 — Dan Cohen (@dancohen) November 15, 2014
  5. 5. www.bl.uk 5 NB: Not a scene from the British Library!!
  6. 6. www.bl.uk 6
  7. 7. www.bl.uk 7 Similarity score (sdhash) plotted against absolute difference in indicated dates (days) between files (each point represents a pair of draft files): apparently and generally the greater the number of days between the files of a pair, the lower the similarity score Work by Jeremy Leighton John (Curator e-Manuscripts) on Hanif Kureishi archive
  8. 8. www.bl.uk 8
  9. 9. www.bl.uk 9
  10. 10. www.bl.uk 10 github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
  11. 11. www.bl.uk 11 github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
  12. 12. www.bl.uk 12 github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
  13. 13. www.bl.uk 13 github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
  14. 14. www.bl.uk 14 github.com/BL-publicdomain/blpublicdomain
  15. 15. www.bl.uk 15 picaguess.herokuapp.com
  16. 16. www.bl.uk 16 picaguess.herokuapp.com
  17. 17. www.bl.uk 17 picaguess.herokuapp.com
  18. 18. www.bl.uk 18 picaguess.herokuapp.com
  19. 19. www.bl.uk 19
  20. 20. www.bl.uk 20 Thank you! @j_w_baker james.baker@bl.uk http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/ Slides: slideshare.net/drjwbaker

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