Connected Histories: Sources for Building British History, 1500-1900

Project Summary

This project is hosted by: Institute of Historical Research

Research interests:
Early Modern
Project period:
01-Mar-2011 - 01-Mar-2011
Project summary:
A federated search facility for a wide range of distributed digital resources relating to early modern and nineteenth-century British history. Through the combination of web crawling and the application of a Natural Language Processing methodology it will create a non-intrusive, distanced tagging of the data within those distributed sources to facilitate more sophisticated and structured searching. Using metadata and other available background information, the project will create a search facility that adapts to each resource (depending on whether and how the data is tagged, and on the text structure) to allow searching across the full range of chosen sources for names, places, and dates, as well as keywords and phrases.

In total, Connected Histories will provide access to 14 major databases of primary source texts, containing more than 412 million words, plus 469,000 publications, 3.1 million further pages of text, 87,000 maps and images, 254,000 individuals in databases, and over 100 million name instances.

Management Details

Lead researcher & project contact:

Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Doctor Jane Winters Head of Publications IHR SAS



Name Position Institute Organisation Contact
Professor Robert Shoemaker Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History [17th-19th c. British Social History; defamation, protest, crime & gender in 17th-18th c. London] History University of Sheffield


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Title Details
Connected Histories