Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Communications, Culture, Digital resources, Digitisation, History, Medieval History
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
Jane is responsible for developing digital humanities at the School of Advanced Study. She has led or co-directed a range of digital projects, including most recently Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities.
Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the UK Medical Heritage Library Academic Advisory Group, the Advisory Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Advisory Board of the Academic Book of the Future project, and the Advisory Board of the E-Ark project.
Jane's research interests include digital history, web archives, big data for humanities research, peer review in the digital environment, text editing, the use of social media in an academic context, e-repositories, and open access publishing.
- Publication Details
Date Details 01-Mar-2017 ‘Web archives for humanities research: some reflections’, in The Web as History: Using Web Archives to Understand the Past and Present, ed. Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder (London: UCL Press, 2017), pp. 238-248.
28-Feb-2017 ‘Will history survive the digital age?’, BBC History Magazine (March 2017), 39-43
06-Mar-2014 Review - Historical Drama: Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies
01-Jan-2012 Connected Histories: Building Sources for British History, 1500-1900
ALISS Quarterly (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences), 7 (April 2012)
01-Jan-2011 Connected Histories: a new web search tool for British Historians
with Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker ('History', 96 (July 2011), 354-6).
01-Jan-2010 The British History Online digital library: a model for sustainability?
with Jonathan Blaney. Bulletin of the Belgian Royal Historical Commission, 176 (2010), 95-106
01-Jun-2009 The Creighton Century, 1907-2007
ed. with David Bates and Jennifer Wallis
01-Jan-2006 Peer review and evaluation of digital resources for the arts and humanities ‘Tackling complexity in humanities big data: from parliamentary proceedings to the archived web’, in Big and Rich Data in English Corpus Linguistics: Methods and Variations, ed. Turo Hiltunen, Joe McVeigh and Tanja Säily (Helsinki: Varieng, forthcoming 2017).
‘Digital history’, in Debating New Approaches in History, ed. Peter Burke and Marek Tamm (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming 2018).
‘Negotiating the archives of UK web space’, in The Historical Web and Digital Humanities: the Case of National Web Domains, ed. Niels Brügger and Ditte Laursen (Abingdon: Routledge, forthcoming 2018).
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Date Details Jun-2016 Web archives for humanities research: some reflections
- Research Projects & Supervisions
Details Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA) Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities
Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities is a collaboration between the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, the Oxford Internet Institute and Aarhus University. It is one of 21 big data projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme.
Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities Connected Histories Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data (DILIPAD)
Parliamentary proceedings reflect our history from centuries ago to the present day. They exist in a common format that has survived the test of time, and reflect any event of significance (through times of war and peace, of economic crisis and prosperity). With carefully curated proceedings becoming available in digital form in many countries, new research opportunities arise to analyse this data, on an unprecedented longitudinal scale, and across different nations, cultures and systems of political representation. Focusing on the UK, Canada and The Netherlands, this project will deliver a common format for encoding parliamentary proceedings (with an initial focus on 1800 to yesterday); a joint dataset covering all three jurisdictions; a workbench with a range of tools for the comparative, longitudinal study of parliamentary data; and substantive case studies focusing on migration, left/right ideological polarization and parliamentary language. Comparative analysis of this kind, and the tools to support it, will inform a new approach to the history of parliamentary communication and discourse, and address new research questions. The project is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, the History of Parliament Trust, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, King’s College London, and the University of Toronto. It is funded as part of the Digging into Data Challenge 3.
Early English Laws Linking Parliamentary Records through Metatdata (LIPARM) Social Media Knowledge Exchange TOBIAS: Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data
Traces through Time is a collaboration between The National Archives of the UK, the Institute of Historical Research, the University of Brighton and the University of Brighton. It is one of 21 big data projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme.
What is Scholarly Editing?
Current PhD topics supervised:
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Shengyen Lu: Women in court - the legal status and property rights of heiresses and widows in thirteenth-century England
The thesis is focused on women in court, and specifically heiresses and widows in thirteenth-century England. It focuses on how the legal status and property rights of heiresses and widows developed from the twelfth to the thirteenth century; in other words, how did the law relating to women’s property develop in England? Common law, known as case law, is based on precedents and does not have a fixed form; any case may become precedent and thus legally binding. However, what happened in court was far more complex than following precedents. A case might be affected by a new statute, by legal practitioners’ claims or by changing customs. Therefore, this research will emphasise women’s inheritance and property, including maritagium, hereditas and dos. How were these cases presented by practitioners and how did this affect the development of women’s property?
Available for doctoral supervision: Yes
- Professional Affiliations
Name Activity Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Name Type Activity Start date End date Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials Member of the UK Medical Heritage Library Content Advisory Group Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee, Open Library of Humanities Member of the the Advisory Board of the Academic Book of the Future project
- Relevant Events
Date Details 27-Jun-2014 'Applying new digital methods to the humanities', British Library, 27 June 2014
Presentation on 'Big data and arts and humanities research'.
13-Sep-2013 ‘Early modern texts: digital methods and methodologies’, EEBO-TCP conference, 12–13 Sept. 2013, Oxford
Keynote on 'The evolution of historical research in the digital age'.
23-Nov-2012 ‘Editing fundamentals: historical and literary paradigms in source editing', 22–24 November 2012, Amsterdam
Panel session presentation on 'Editing the Early English Laws'
24-Aug-2012 Spaces, Languages, Time: the 15th International Conference on the History of Concepts
Paper on 'The challenges of "big data" for historical research: from Connected Histories to the UK Web Archive', Helsinki, 24 August 2012.
04-Apr-2011 ‘Envisioning Records of Early English Drama (REED) in the digital age', University of Toronto, 4–5 April 2011 21-Jan-2011 Scholarly communication in the digital age, Munich, 21 January 2011
Plenary lecture on 'Peer review in the digital age'.
- Consultancy & Media
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