Friday, November 13, 2015

During last week's British Library Labs Symposium, BL Labs team announced the results for the BL Labs Awards in different categories recognising digital humanities activities involving data from the British Library.

The Palimpsest team was selected as runner-up in the research awards category for our work on mining Edinburgh's literary landscape. It's gratifying to see the work of the team recognised in this way.

The data behind the LitLong interfaces, which were developed as part of Palimpsest, was created by text mining out-of-copyright literary works as well as a select number of contemporary books, and included work from Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh.

111 books and over 12,600 excerpts - over 20% of the Palimpsest data - were retrieved from the British Library Nineteenth Century Books collection. We would like to thank Mahendra Mahey of the BL Labs team for their support in giving us access to the data.

The well-deserved winners of the BL Labs research award are Professor Ian Gregory and his team working on the Spatial Humanities project. Their work examines the London based newspaper The Era made available by the British Library to determine how the Victorian Era discussed and portrayed disease, both temporally and spatially.

You can read more about the Awards on the British Library's Digital Scholarship blog.

In addition there is a special edition of LitLong which has been created for Robert Louis Stevenson day (#RLSday), 13th November. It has been added to the page of visualisers alongwith the first for Walter Scott released in August.