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The Needle in the
Haystack
A searching look at digital tools
Australian Historical Association Conference, Sydney, 2015
Yv...
IndiansandAustraliansatGallipoli
Source: Australian War Memorial, C01174
2
Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stu...
Indexingonthefly–‘Arabic’
CSV file produced by program in Python produced with the aid of
http://programminghistorian.org/...
Findingtherelevantinformation
Add filters and flags in Excel
4
Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.c...
LearnhowtousetheTroveAPItheeasyway:
https://stumblingfuture.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/an-introduction-to-the-trove-api/
5
Y...
http://search.records.nsw.gov.au/usage 6
Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
Screen Scrapers
No programming required:
• https://www.kimonolabs.com/ Great user interface via
Chrome
• https://www.parse...
http://search.records.nsw.gov.au/usage 8
Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
Trickytranscriptions1
http://transcripts.sl.nsw.gov.au/page/295919/view#overlay-context= 9
Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkin...
Trickytranscriptions2
http://research.cch.kcl.ac.uk/proust_prototype/ 10
Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumb...
Thank you Libraries & Archives!
In this presentation I used the digitised resources provided by
the following institutions...
Tim Sherratt #dh2015 Keynote
‘Unremembering the forgotten’, keynote address at the 2015
Global Digital Humanities Conferen...
• Commonwealth War Graves Commission website at http://www.cwgc.org/foreverindia/context/indias-
contribution.php
• Santan...
• Fred Gibbs and Trevor Owens, ‘The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing’ in Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack
Dougherty, ...
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Needle in the haystack

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This is my presentation at the 2015 Australian Historical Association Conference held in Sydney. Further details see www.stumblingpast.com

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Needle in the haystack

  1. 1. The Needle in the Haystack A searching look at digital tools Australian Historical Association Conference, Sydney, 2015 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  2. 2. IndiansandAustraliansatGallipoli Source: Australian War Memorial, C01174 2 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  3. 3. Indexingonthefly–‘Arabic’ CSV file produced by program in Python produced with the aid of http://programminghistorian.org/ 3 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  4. 4. Findingtherelevantinformation Add filters and flags in Excel 4 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  5. 5. LearnhowtousetheTroveAPItheeasyway: https://stumblingfuture.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/an-introduction-to-the-trove-api/ 5 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  6. 6. http://search.records.nsw.gov.au/usage 6 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  7. 7. Screen Scrapers No programming required: • https://www.kimonolabs.com/ Great user interface via Chrome • https://www.parsehub.com/ for difficult websites like “the government site that's partying like it's 1999.” Use via Firefox 7 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  8. 8. http://search.records.nsw.gov.au/usage 8 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  9. 9. Trickytranscriptions1 http://transcripts.sl.nsw.gov.au/page/295919/view#overlay-context= 9 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  10. 10. Trickytranscriptions2 http://research.cch.kcl.ac.uk/proust_prototype/ 10 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  11. 11. Thank you Libraries & Archives! In this presentation I used the digitised resources provided by the following institutions: • State Library of New South Wales @statelibrarynsw – WWI diaries transcriptions • National Archives of Australia @naagovau – WWI service records • Australian War Memorial @AWMemorial - photo 11 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  12. 12. Tim Sherratt #dh2015 Keynote ‘Unremembering the forgotten’, keynote address at the 2015 Global Digital Humanities Conference, accessed at http://discontents.com.au/unremembering-the-forgotten 12 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  13. 13. • Commonwealth War Graves Commission website at http://www.cwgc.org/foreverindia/context/indias- contribution.php • Santanu Das, ‘The Indian Sepoy in the First World War’, British Library website at http://www.bl.uk/world-war- one/articles/the-indian-sepoy-in-the-first-world-war • Leonard V. Bartlett, ‘diary, 4 April 1915-31 December 1915’, held at the State Library of New South Wales, MLMSS 959/Item 1, accessed at http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/_transcript/2013/D14588/a3266.html • Maurice Cann Evans, ‘M. C. Evans war diary, 4 November 1916-16 June 1917’, held at the State Library of New South Wales, MLMSS 1576/Item 4, http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/_transcript/2013/D15265/a4335.htm • Max Kemman, Martijn Kleppe and Stef Scagliola, ‘Just Google It: Digital Research Practices of Humanities Scholars’, Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2012, (HRI Online Publications, 2014), accessed at: http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/openbook/chapter/dhc2012-kemman • Willard McCarty, ‘Finding Implicit Patterns in Ovid's Metamorphoses with Tact’, CH Working Papers, Vol. 1, 1991 accessed at http://journals.sfu.ca/chwp/index.php/chwp/rt/printerFriendly/91/91 • Tim Sherratt, ‘On seams and edges - dreams of aggregation, access and discovery in a broken world’, presented at Alia Information Online 2015, accessed at http://information-online.alia.org.au/content/seams-and-edges-dreams- aggregation-access-and-discovery-broken-world • How does relevance ranking work?’, Trove website, accessed at http://trove.nla.gov.au/general/finding-articles-in- digitised-newspapers-faq/searchTips#Relevance • Diana Kichuk, ‘Metamorphosis: Remediation in Early English Books Online (EEBO)’, Literary & Linguistic Computing, Vol 22(3), June 2007, pp. 291-303, accessed at http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/content/22/3/291.full 13 References 1/2 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  14. 14. • Fred Gibbs and Trevor Owens, ‘The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing’ in Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty, Writing History in the Digital Age, (Ann Arbor, MI; University of Michigan Press, 2013), accessed at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dh/12230987.0001.001/1:7/--writing-history-in-the-digital- age?g=dculture;rgn=div1;view=fulltext;xc=1#7.3 • M. H. Beals, ‘TEI for Close Reading: Can It Work for History?, M.H. Beals, Historian of Migration and Media, 2015, accessed at http://mhbeals.com/researchblog/tei-for-close-reading-can-it-work-for-history/ • Katharina Hering, Joshua Sternfeld, Kate Theimer, Michael J. Kramer, ‘Introduction’, Issues in Digital History, accessed at http://www.michaeljkramer.net/cr/digital-historiography-the-archives-15/ • Tim Sherratt, ‘Unremembering the forgotten’, keynote address at the 2015 Global Digital Humanities Conference, accessed at http://discontents.com.au/unremembering-the-forgotten 14 References 2/2 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com

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