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Dutch merchant seamen in Belgian sources

Seafarers have never been bound to a particular flag, which makes it challenging to reconstruct their careers. In this post, Kristof Loockx, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp and visiting researcher at the Huygens Institute for the...
From: Maritime Careers on 25 May 2021

Westminster Coroners Inquests 1760-1799, Part

This is the second of a two-part series about the Westminster Coroners’ Inquests data. See part 1 for more detail about the source of the data, and my initial explorations of the summary data. This post focuses more on the text of inquisitions (the...
From: Early Modern Notes on 10 Jan 2021

Going Interactive with Old Bailey Online Data

My first efforts at interactive data visualisations go back several years to some incredibly frustrating attempts to get the hang of D3.js. These were, with hindsight, doomed because (a) I didn’t really know any javascript, and D3 isn’t easy...
From: Early Modern Notes on 18 Oct 2020

Paratext and Metadata: the Interfaces of Eighteenth-Century Collections Online

by Stephen Gregg (Bath Spa University) Gérard Genette’s theory of the paratext is usually applied to some form of manuscript or printed material, but why not digital material?[1] In this post I want to explore how we might think about...

April 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “LOST … A GREEN SILK UMBRELLA.” An advertisement offering a reward for the return of a lost ‘GREEN SILK UMBRELLA” appeared in the April 18, 1770,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 Apr 2020

The Bluestocking Corpus: Letters by Elizabeth Montagu

This post for Women’s History Month 2020 explores the Bluestocking Corpus of Elizabeth Montagu’s letters, created by Anni Sairio. This first version of the Bluestocking Corpus consists of 243 manuscript letters, written by the ‘Queen...
From: Early Modern Notes on 31 Mar 2020

March 28

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “NEW NEGROES, CHIEFLY MEN.” On March 28, 1770, Joseph Clay placed an advertisement in the Georgia Gazette to announce the sale of “A CARGO consisting of about...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 28 Mar 2020

February 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Providence.” This semester I am teaching my department’s Research Method’s course, an upper-level class required for all History majors before they enroll...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Feb 2020

More about “blackdot” words in EarlyPrint texts

“Blackdot” words in EarlyPrint texts are words where the  transcribers of the Text Creation Partnership could not decipher some letter(s) in a word and marked the resulting gap(s) as precisely as they could. In the source files these...
From: Scalable Reading on 31 Jan 2020

January 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “THE MARYLAND ALMANACK, FOR THE YEAR 1770.” The Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project draw their contents from several databases of eighteenth-century...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Jan 2020

Screens, microfilms, and books: dreams and reality

In 1935 scholar-technologist Robert C. Binckley imagined how, with the aid of microfilm publishing, ‘the scholar in a small town can have resources of great metropolitan libraries at his disposal; similarly, a 1994 brochure for the microfilm collection...
From: Manicule on 13 Sep 2019

Conférence – « Les Lundis numériques de l’INHA » POP : la plate-forme ouverte du patrimoine du ministère de la Culture (16 septembre 2019, Paris)

Le ministère de la Culture met en ligne ses bases de données depuis les années 1990, afin de donner accès aux informations de référence produites ou collectées par ses services sur des sujets aussi variés...
From: Le blog de l'APAHAU on 29 Jul 2019

Quantifying the Miltonic Sonnet

(This paper was presented at the University of British Columbia in a joint session of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies and the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities at Congress 2019. You can download the complete slideshow as a PDF, here.)...
From: Michael Ullyot on 4 Jun 2019

Gender, institutions and the changing uses of petitions in 18th-century London

word frquencies An extended version of my paper for the April 2019 workshop held by the AHRC Research Network on Petitions and Petitioning from the Medieval Period to the Present, on the theme Petitioning in Context: when and why do petitions matter?...
From: Early Modern Notes on 23 Apr 2019

Digital Databases and the Illusion of Comprehension

In the second post in the Digital Age, Digital Research series, Joseph Adelman reflects on Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the limits of using digital databases to conduct research.
From: The Junto on 9 Apr 2019

Digital Forensics in the House of Lords: six themes relevant to historians (Part Two)

This post was originally published at the Software Sustainability Institute blog. In Part One of this blog series on the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee  inquiry into forensic science, I discussed oral evidence pertaining to digital...
From: cradledincaricature on 5 Apr 2019

Digital Forensics in the House of Lords: six themes relevant to historians (Part One)

This post was originally published at the Software Sustainability Institute blog. In 2017 the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee opened an inquiry into forensic science. The inquiry is still open and has fours areas of focus: the forensic...
From: cradledincaricature on 29 Mar 2019

Data Science and the 3-Point Revolution in the NBA

By Abraham Gibson In the history of sports lore, there are a handful of “revolutions” that every fan should know. There is the “Fosbury flop,” which American high-jumper Dick Fosbury introduced to the world at the 1968 Olympic...
From: Age of Revolutions on 25 Feb 2019

“Salem” Houses, 20th-century Style

There are two deep rabbit holes around which I must tread very, very carefully, or hours will be lost instantly: the Biodiversity Heritage and Building Technology Heritage digital libraries housed at the Internet Archive. One leads me through a never-ending...
From: streets of salem on 13 Feb 2019

Old Bailey Voices: gender, speech and outcomes in the Old Bailey, part 1

The Old Bailey Voices data is the result of work I’ve done for the Voices of Authority research theme for the Digital Panopticon project. This will be the first of a few blog posts in which I start to dig deeper into the data. First I’ll review...
From: Early Modern Notes on 16 Dec 2018

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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.