30 September 2013

13:00 - 14:00

The first Big Idea - Big data and dead criminals, is presented by Professor Tim Hitchcock of the University of Hertfordshire.

This talk discusses work to make complex trial accounts totalling 127 million words fully searchable by key word and location on The Old Bailey Online. Surveying a series of projects from geographical data and corpus linguistics to explicit semantics used to make the accounts searchable. It will explore the evolution of the British criminal trial and the language used in court that without this work would have otherwise remained impenetrable.
Email research@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk to book a place.

More about the speaker

Tim Hitchcock uses the tools of digital humanities and online publication to put the experiences and agency of the poor and of working people at the heart of our understanding of the history of 18th-century Britain. With Professor Robert Shoemaker of the University of Sheffield and a large team of collaborators he has helped create a series of websites including The Old Bailey Online, 1674-1913, London Lives, 1690-1800, Locating London's Past and Connected Histories. These provide free and searchable access to 200 million words of primary material reflecting the lives of non-elite Londoners, and a further 30 billion words of primary source material related to British history 1500-1900. 

Tim Hitchcock serves on the Advisory Board of the AHRC, and chairs their Digital Transformations Panel. He also serves as a strategic reviewer in the AHRC Peer Review College, and sits on the British Library Advisory Council, and JISC's e-content panel. He co-convenes the Digital Histories and British History in the Long Eighteenth-Century seminars at the Institute of Historical Research. He is taking up a new post of Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex in November.

More about Big Ideas

Big Ideas is a new series of monthly briefings on big ideas coming out of The National Archives' research programme.
Covering themes of innovation, creativity and excellence each Big Idea will share with colleagues and professionals aspects of innovative research taking place at The National Archives and elsewhere that could apply to their own area of work.

Each Big Idea will take place on the first Monday of the month from 13:00 - 14:00, unless otherwise stated, and there will be opportunity for Q&As at the end of each briefing.

The series is free to attend and open to the public but is aimed at colleagues from The National Archives and professionals from other research organisations. To book a place email research@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Light refreshments will be provided.

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