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Sophia Ananiadou (Manchester University)
Digital History seminar
Institute of Historical Research
24 March 2015, 5.15pm
John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House or live online via the Digital History Seminar blog: http://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/
I will present the results of a collaborative and interdisciplinary project between the National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) and the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM) at the University of Manchester, demonstrating the capabilities of innovative text mining tools to allow the automatic extraction of information from two historical archives: the British Medical Journal (BMJ) (1840 – present) and the London-area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) reports (1848-1972). NaCTeM’s text mining tools have enriched these historical archives with semantic metadata automatically by extracting terms, named entities and events. The development of a semantic search system focused on the understanding of historical changes in lung diseases since 1840.