Recent scholarship has demonstrated that the various practices associated with Early Modern commonplacing - the extraction and organisation of quotations and other passages for later recall and reuse - were highly effective strategies for dealing with the perceived "information overload" of the period. But, the 18th century was also a crucial moment in the modern construction of a new sense of self identity... These practices allowed individuals to master a collective literary culture through the art of commonplacing, a nexus of intertextual activities that we aim to explore through the concerted application of sequence alignment algorithms for shared passage detection and large-scale visual analytics on the largest collection of 18th-century works ever assembled.
18 January 2014
We are very pleased to have been selected as one of the 14 round three Digging into Data Challenge projects. Our project, “Commonplace Cultures:Mining Shared Passages in the 18th...