Professor Jane Winters

Contact details

Name:
Professor Jane Winters
Position:
Professor of Digital Humanities
Institute:
Institute of Historical Research
Location:
Room 256, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Phone:
+44 (0)20 7862 8789
Email address:
jane.winters@sas.ac.uk

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.

Twitter: @jfwinters
 

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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.

Chapters

28-Feb-2017 ‘Will history survive the digital age?’, BBC History Magazine (March 2017), 39-43

Articles

06-Mar-2014 Review - Historical Drama: Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies

Review

01-Jan-2012 Connected Histories: Building Sources for British History, 1500-1900

Journal articles

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).

Journal articles

‘Digital history’, in Debating New Approaches in History, ed. Peter Burke and Marek Tamm (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming 2018).

Chapters

‘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).

Chapters

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Oct-2006 Peer Review and Evaluation of Digital Resources for the Arts and Humanities Final Report

NonPeerReviewed

This is the final report produced by the AHRC-funded 'Peer review of digital resources for the arts and humanities' ICT strategy project.

Sep-2006 Peer review project online survey report

NonPeerReviewed

This report presents the results of the online survey conducted in November and December 2006 as part of the IHR's 'Peer review of digital resources for the arts and humanities' research project.

The British History Online digital library: a model for sustainability?

NonPeerReviewed

This article discusses the evolution of British History Online, with particular attention to the ways in which this digital library has tried to achieve a financially self-sustaining status.

Oct-2010 Connected Histories: sources for building British history 1500-1900

NonPeerReviewed

Jan-2011 'Reviews in History' and peer review in the digital age

NonPeerReviewed

This paper discusses the development of the IHR's open access reviews journal, Reviews in History, and goes on to consider some of the ways in which peer review, both pre- and post-publication, might evolve in the coming months and years. It was given at a conference held to mark the launch of a new open-access reviews platform, recensio.net.

Apr-2011 Approaches to digital editing

NonPeerReviewed

This paper discusses approaches to digital editing, focusing on two projects, ReScript and Early English Laws (http://www.earlyenglishlaws.ac.uk). It also touches on some of the other tools available to editors, for example those offered as part of TextGrid. ReScript, a project of the Institute of Historical Research, aims to develop a prototype editing facility, which will support collaboration within established editorial teams as well as a crowdsourced approach to producing editions. It is currently being trialled with texts at a range of stages of production, from ‘completed’ 19th-century editions which will benefit from correction and annotation to completely new works. Early English Laws aims to publish online new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts and treatises produced up to and including Magna Carta in 1215. A bespoke editing facility has been developed by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London which, like ReScript, will support collaborative editing, as well as export to print where appropriate. The latter project is particularly complex as it has to accommodate a variety of languages and editorial approaches (scholars working on early English texts, for example, have very different requirements from those working with Latin documents). The tools developed by both of these projects will be made available in due course for use and adaptation by and for other projects. The paper was given at the 'Envisioning REED in the digital age' workshop organised by the Records of Early English Drama project, University of Toronto, 4-5 April 2011.

Apr-2007 Open Access Publishing

NonPeerReviewed

Paper given at Record Society Publishing

Apr-2007 Digital publication - the available options

NonPeerReviewed

Paper given at Record Society Publishing

Jun-2016 Web archives for humanities research: some reflections

PeerReviewed

Mar-2017 Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories

PeerReviewed

This short article explores the challenges involved in demonstrating the value of web archives, and the histories that they embody, beyond media and Internet studies. Given the difficulties of working with such complex archival material, how can researchers in the humanities and social sciences more generally be persuaded to integrate Internet histories into their research? How can institutions and organisations be sufficiently convinced of the worth of their own online histories to take steps to preserve them? And how can value be demonstrated to the wider general public? It touches on public attitudes to personal and institutional Internet histories, barriers to access to web archives - technical, legal and methodological - and the cultural factors within academia that have hindered the penetration of new ways of working with new kinds of primary source. Rather than providing answers, this article is intended to provoke discussion and dialogue between the communities for whom Internet histories can and should be of significance.

Publications available on SAS-space

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

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:

Dates Details
From:
Until:
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

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Collaborations:

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

Related 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
Available for consultancy:
Yes
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