Text Mining for Historians (workshop)

May 14th, 2007 by Gabriel Bodard

Just announced by the Methods Network:

TEXT MINING FOR HISTORIANS workshop at University of Glasgow 17 – 18 July 2007

A workshop organized by Zoe Bliss, AHDS History and the Association for History and Computing UK (AHC-UK)

Texts are central to historical research and an increasing body of historical texts are becoming available in electronic format. Despite a long-standing interest in computer aided text analysis the use of computer assisted methods and tools are not widespread amongst historians.

This workshop aims to:

  • Introduce participants to the methods and tools developed and currently employed by corpus linguists
  • Provide practical hands on experience of using these tools
  • Enable participants to explore the pros and cons of employing these tools and methods in historical research.

It builds upon the successful Methods Network Workshop on Historical Text Mining in Lancaster in July 2006 (http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/activities/act6.html).

The workshop is aimed at academic staff and post graduates whose research involves the analysis of significant bodies of textual material and who would like to know more about computerised techniques and tools that they could potentially use to aid their research. Moreover, the workshop will be particularly useful for researchers who would like practical hands on experience of using these tools. The workshop is free of charge, with lunch and refreshments included.

For more information about the programme, and details of how to register, please visit: http://www.methodsnetwork.ac.uk/activities/act25.html

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