Digital Humanities seminar, 17 June 2014: Text Mining for Historical and Literary Research

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The Digital Humanities at The Open University network is pleased to present the next event in the Digital Humanities in Practice series:

Text mining for historical and literary research: the Trading Consequences and Palimpsest projects

Date: 17 June 2014

Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm (note later start time)

Venue: Arts Music Studio, The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)


Speaker: Dr Beatrice Alex (Informatics, University of Edinburgh)


By collaborating together, computer scientists, historians and literary scholars are developing text mining and visualisation techniques to interrogate, explore and understand digitised historical and literary texts on an entirely new scale.

In this seminar, Dr Beatrice Alex will discuss the challenges she has encountered while building a text mining tool adapted for two interdisciplinary projects in the Humanities: Trading Consequences (, which focuses on commodity trading in the nineteenth century, and Palimpsest (, which is studying fictional and remembered space in literary Edinburgh.

Tea and coffee will be served. Please register for the event by emailing Heather Scott ( by 13 June.