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Letterbox diaries

On this rainy Wednesday in Oxford I’m sitting in my office in Pembroke College, which is right on the corner of Pembroke Square and St Aldate’s, a noisy by interesting little spot. I was working on a grant application when one of … Continue reading

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How is finding a consensus among citizen science transcriptions like aligning gene sequences AND textual analysis of medieval codices? Part 2

Originally posted on So You Think You Can Digitize:
(cross-posted at SciStarter) In our last post, we went through the mechanics of how to find consensus from a set of independently created transcriptions by citizen scientists — this involved a…

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Academic Crowdsourcing Liberates Researchers and Resources

When I present about the academic crowdsourcing work my colleagues and I do at Zooniverse, one of the questions we sometimes get asked is: Does crowdsourcing take paid work away from people? The first few times I was asked this … Continue reading

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The ‘Harry Potter Question’ and the ‘Fictional Palimpsest’ Solution

Well dear readers, it’s been a while. Since my last post I have completed, submitted and defended my dissertation (passed!) and been happily working with the academic crowdsourcing organization called Zooniverse in Oxford. But more on all of that another … Continue reading

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Convent archives

Exactly one year ago today I travelled to Bruges to conduct a two week archival research extravaganza at the English Convent of Nazareth, and the Diocesan archive in Bruges. I wanted to consult every document relating to the English convent … Continue reading

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Citing and Contributing to Digital Resources

How should we cite digital resources in our scholarly work? If we consult a book in EEBO or ECCO, for instance, should we cite the database or the physical book? Does it matter? And what of democratically-constructed resources, like Wikipedia? … Continue reading

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‘What is Early Modern English Catholicism?’ Durham 28 June-1 July, 2013

There are big conferences and then there are epic conferences. The ‘What is Early Modern English Catholicism?’ conference was the latter sort and centred around a weighty question. According to the CFP the aim was to bring together an interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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Colo(u)r me waterproof

Call me a nerd. Go on. Ok. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you about ink. When I was eighteen and college-bound I noticed that the first few signatures on my parents’ Quaker wedding … Continue reading

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Into the Wild

How do you gain access to a private library? This post is about a particular archival adventure I had in 2011, and offers some tips to readers on how to track down and gain access (or at least try!) to … Continue reading

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The Genuine Article

A little over three years ago I started gathering primary material for my doctoral thesis. I began by transcribing the letters of the seventeenth-century nun, Winefrid Thimelby (1618-90), and her family members, the Astons and Thimelbys, many of whom were … Continue reading

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