Laura McGrath of Michigan State University (@lbmcgrath) joined us this week via Skype to talk about measuring “literary novelty,” a project she is working on with Devin Higgins and Arend Hintze. The former is MSU’s data librarian, and the latter is a professor at MSU who specializes in computational approaches to genetics and biology. They also collaborated with HathiTrust Research Center. The presentation today focused on introducing us to the collaborative project, then considering how to move into the second stage in the near future. Continue reading Feb 15, 2018 WORD LAB – Laura McGrath (MSU)
On April 26, Lindsay Van Tine and Rachel Buurma from the Early Novels Database project team joined us at WORD LAB to talk about the project’s history and future. The END project is undergraduate-driven and works to create rich metadata for specific copies of early fictional works. They engage in 1) cataloging (data collection), 2) project development (data analysis), and are paid for their work. They have a “40/60 day” where they devote time to learning about the field and their work as well as engaging in END tasks. This post covers more detail about the project as well as examples of student activities and Q&A. Continue reading April 26, 2016 WORD LAB – END Team
Beth Seltzer is a library postdoc at Penn Libraries, who works with Victorian detective fiction and is a recent Temple University Grad. You can find her on Twitter: @beth_seltzer. Her title is ‘Drood Resuscitated’!
The presentation is on her work on Charles Dickens’s last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was serialized until and just a little after his death because he had written a few more installments before he died. Many unanswered questions at the end of the book, including about the characters and whether it was even going to be a detective novel in the first place.