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Moving On (again)

In September 2001 I arrived at the University of Southampton to study a degree in History. In September 2021 I’ll be returning to Southampton to take up the post of Director of Digital Humanities. This means leaving where I am. I’ve had such...
From: cradledincaricature on 6 May 2021

A machine that writes like Mary Dorothy George

Image: Mary Dorothy George, by Howard Coster, bromide print, © National Portrait Gallery, London, CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 In recent years I’ve been researching histories of knowledge organisation. Although this has involved many strands of research...
From: cradledincaricature on 18 Jun 2020

MSCA Grant Award: Digital Forensics in the Historical Humanities

Time for a grant announcement. Last summer Thorsten Ries and I had a crazy idea: to apply to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – a programme of grants run by the European Commission – so that we could combine of interest and expertise...
From: cradledincaricature on 17 Apr 2018


Yesterday I tweeted.. Today I learnt that I'd over-complicated a simple programming task because searching online had pointed me to an over-complicated solution. — James Baker (@j_w_baker) June 28, 2017 and.. So a reminder – once more –...
From: cradledincaricature on 29 Jun 2017

The hard digital history that underpins my book

In my last blog I wrote about the ‘soft’ Digital History – or digital/’digital’/Digital [hH]istory – that went into my recent book on making and selling of satirical prints in Britain during the late eighteenth and...
From: cradledincaricature on 6 Jun 2017

The soft digital history that underpins my book

A book I wrote was recently published. It is on making and selling of satirical prints in Britain – mostly London – during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It has been on my mind, across my desk, and in my Dropbox for a...
From: cradledincaricature on 24 May 2017

OCRing history in the cloud: first impressions, next steps

Last week I decided to try Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for the first time. The context was the publication of a dataset as a book.. To recap some lovely chats: nothing wrong here, I just hope if they applied today a book + £site without...
From: cradledincaricature on 25 Nov 2016

Printed images and computational image recognition

This weekend I bought a print at my local antiques and vintage market. It is a George Cruikshank satire, etched in 1849 that was published as part of The Comic Almanack 1850. It is called As it Ought to Be Or The Ladies Trying a Contemptible Scoundrel...
From: cradledincaricature on 8 Aug 2016

Archiving the age of personal computing

This week I finished a small pilot project ‘archiving’ some of the data storage devices held at University of Sussex Special Collections. My interest in this area is predicated on the premise that the paper archive has been replaced by the...
From: cradledincaricature on 21 Jun 2016

This&THATCamp Sussex Humanities Lab

Data & pervasive games and scaling up impact sessions. #thisthat camp at #SussexHumsLab — SussexHumanitiesLab (@SussexHumsLab) May 20, 2016 Last week I ran a The Humanities and Technology Camp – or THATCamp –...
From: cradledincaricature on 23 May 2016

Identifying and Removing Barriers to Digital History

Originally posted on the Defining Effective Mentorship in Digital History site. Header image by Willow Brugh (what is mentoring) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons by: Carys Brown, James Baker, Richard...
From: cradledincaricature on 19 Apr 2016

Interfaces between us and our digital sources

The extraction of these data from the archive is beset with problems that will be familiar to anyone who has explored ECCO. As is now well known, the optical character recognition (OCR) software used by Gale, the publisher, compromises the reliability...
From: cradledincaricature on 6 Apr 2016

Library Carpentry in words and numbers: all code, no woodwork

ERROR #librarycarpentry #citylis — Ernesto Priego (@ernestopriego) November 9, 2015 In November I ran a thing called ‘Library Carpentry’. It had nothing to do with woodwork. Rather it was a programme of introductory...
From: cradledincaricature on 1 Dec 2015

Programming Historian Live

On 19 October curious historians descended on the British Library for Programming Historian Live. The Programming Historian is a suite of open access, peer reviewed lessons that provide practical instruction to historians thinking about using data, code,...
From: cradledincaricature on 21 Oct 2015

Inside Sussex Humanities Lab

So it has been a month since I joined the University of Sussex and the question I keep getting asked is ‘what is the Sussex Humanities Lab?’ And I don’t think I’ve all that useful in helping people understand it because I keep...
From: cradledincaricature on 2 Oct 2015

Positivist(ish) Digital History

Judging from the Q&As at #BeyondMining, whether a term’s use & meaning is stable throughout time seems the biggest challenge for #dhist — Max Kemman (@MaxKemman) September 15, 2015 Early this month I spent two days at ‘Beyond...
From: cradledincaricature on 25 Sep 2015

Code, control, and making the argument in the Humanities

The case often made for humanists (and indeed librarians, archivists, et al) to learn some code is that with programming comes control. That is, control to do what is possible within the bounds of possibility and talent (as opposed to within the bounds...
From: cradledincaricature on 24 Jul 2015

Digital History and being afraid of being insufficiently digital

This blog is cross-posted from the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar blog The A Big Data History of Music project uses metadata about sheet music publication to explore music history. The data the project uses comes from MARC records...
From: cradledincaricature on 11 Jun 2015

Five graphs on speech acts in late-Georgian satires

Or, that should be, proxies for late-Georgian satires. For – of course… – textual descriptions of visual sources are not the visual sources themselves and three of the five graphs below are derived from the proxies as opposed to the...
From: cradledincaricature on 22 Apr 2015

Metadata for all the British Museum Satires: part five

In my previous post I mentioned that the first thing I’d do as I embarked on research using metadata for satirical prints catalogued by the British Museum would be to try to distinguish whether the data I had represented the prints or the cataloguers,...
From: cradledincaricature on 17 Dec 2014

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.