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A New Horatian Ode: Brexit and Civil War

Inspired by the new BBC documentary, Downfall of a King, a few connections between Brexit and the conflicts of the 1640s. … More A New Horatian Ode: Brexit and Civil War
From: Writing Privacy on 12 Jul 2019

Review of Billy Hicks, ‘Connecting’, at the Chapel Playhouse, London

A review of Billy Hicks's candid one-man play about the lonely experience of growing up in a new world of digital technology. … More Review of Billy Hicks, ‘Connecting’, at the Chapel Playhouse, London
From: Writing Privacy on 5 Mar 2019

Scissors-and-Paste-O-Meter Officially Launched for 1800-19

It is with great pleasure that today I officially announce the launch of the Scissors-and-Paste-O-Meter, a free, online tool for tracking reprints and textual reappearances in 19th-century British newspaper material. The service allows visitors to...

On transcending Excel, building a better world, and achieving inner peace on social media

Historians should not rely upon Excel for temporal data. In the first place, its assumptions are not always entirely logical; type in 04-05-30 and it will assume you mean 1930, whereas entering 04-05-25 will signal 2025—and this will likely change...

Building a better data trap; or, why data structures matter

Historians appear to be quite happy with tables. Tables are neat, orderly repositories of information. Rank and file, we input our names, dates, and other titbits of historical data. Rank and file, we organise our world into an unending supply of lists...

Anatomy of a Newspaper: The Caledonian Mercury, 20 June 1825

After nearly a year of cleaning, processing, refining, reprocessing and analysing data, I felt cautiously optimistic about my results. Derived from the British Library 19th Century Newspapers collection, I had compiled a list of reprinting—perhaps...

The Platonic Ideal of a Newspaper Article

In 2014, I began to convert my newspapers transcriptions–stored haphazardly in a variety of plain text and Word documents, as well as Access, OneNote and Evernote databases–into XML. The value of structured data was immediately apparent, but...

Georgian Pingbacks Project

In the wild west of the World Wide Web, if you compose a hilarious joke, provide a simple solution to a complex problem or break a major new story, it is almost certain that your work will be copied. Although intellectual property laws exist, they are...

Do public wars require private obstinacy? Mourning for Paris

ISIL is waging a very 'public' war. Many friends of mine have commented, engaged in debate, and adopted a French flag profile overlay in support of the Paris attacks. Regrettably, I'm abstaining. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 14 Nov 2015

CONFERENCE REPORT: ‘Scandal and sociability: New perspectives on the Burney family’.

On September 1st, Cardiff University hosted the international symposium, ‘Scandal and Sociability: New Perspectives on the Burney Family’. Organizing this event was a high point of my first year in post at Cardiff. For years, I’ve been...
From: CRECS// on 12 Sep 2015

WhatsApp, Facebook, and the Compromise of Digital Privacy

A case study into the world of digital privacy in Pakistan has an unfortunate crossover with a personal incident that has made me consider the consequences of this kind of thing much more closely. Continue reading →
From: Writing Privacy on 2 Aug 2015

TEI for Close Reading: Can It Work for History?

The large-scale digitisation of historical texts presents history, literary and corpus linguistics scholars with a number of intriguing opportunities. The ability to semantically parse or otherwise encode texts for computer-aided analysis allows a single...

CALL FOR PAPERS – ‘Scandal and sociability: New perspectives on the Burney family, 1750-1850′

CALL FOR PAPERS   Scandal and sociability New perspectives on the Burney family, 1750-1850   One-day interdisciplinary symposium Cardiff University Tuesday 1 September 2015   Keynote speaker: Professor Peter Sabor, McGill University ‘‘The march...
From: CRECS// on 26 Jan 2015

OA TEI-XML DH on the WWW; or, My Guide to Acronymic Success

Data management is not a sexy term. Despite its importance to modern research, it remains unlikely to crop up naturally in a conversation between historians. Indeed, in the UK, the Arts and Humanities Research Council has replaced the term entirely with...

XMLing My Way to Data Management; or, What should I do with all my old notes

Over the past year, I have been transferring my collection of newspaper transcriptions—held in a variety of formats—into a single XML database. The reason I chose XML, rather than a series of nested folders or any other organizational format, was...

The OId World of the New Republic

Michael D. Hattem suggests the need for greater exploration of the contributions of the colonial period to the early republic.
From: The Junto on 18 Aug 2014

Taking Print from Print Culture & Leaving the Public Sphere Behind

Alyssa Zuercher Reichardt examines our concepts of print culture and the state, and suggests that maybe its time we leave the public sphere behind.
From: The Junto on 23 May 2014

The Public Sphere and Early American Democracy

Thought Jürgen Habermas's 1962 book, "The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere," was mainly about how coffee-houses and newspapers changed the eighteenth-century world? Think again. It's a powerful account of how economic power became separated...
From: The Junto on 12 May 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.