Mr Marty Steer

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Mr Marty Steer
BSc (Computer Science)
Technical Lead, Digital Humanities
Institute of Historical Research
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Academic Support, Digital resources, Digitisation, Philosophy
Research keywords:
data, fiction, digital humanities, social media, research data management
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Future Web technologies, digital preservation, information centric networking, semantic web, data mining, machine learning, cognition and fiction.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-May-2021 Doing digital history A beginner's guide to working with text as data

Research aids

This book is a practical introduction to digital history. It offers advice on the scoping of a project, evaluation of existing digital history resources, a detailed introduction to how to work with large text resources, how to manage digital data and how to approach data visualisation.

Doing digital history covers the entire life-cycle of a digital project, from conception to digital outputs. It assumes no prior knowledge of digital techniques and shows you how much you can do without writing any code. It will give you the skills to use common formats such as XML. A key message of the book is that data preparation is a central part of most digital history projects, but that work becomes much easier and faster with a few essential tools.


  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3268-0
  • Pages: 192 
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £12.99 
  • Published Date: May 2021
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / General, HISTORY / Historiography, Modern History, Data Analysis: General, Research Methods: General, History: Theory & Methods, History, History: theory & methods, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / Digital & Online Resources

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Atlantic Archive: UK-US Relations in an Age of Global War 1939-1945

British and Irish Furniture Makers Online (BIFMO)

British History Online

Catalogue of British Town Maps

Commonwealth Oral History Project

Covid rumours in historical context

Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data

History in Education

History of Parliament online

History SPOT

Layers of London

Liberalism in the Americas Digital Archive

Making History

Mapping Humanities Infrastructure in the UK

People, property and charity: the Clothworkers' Company 1500-1750

Records of London Livery Company Online


Reviews in History

Royal Opera House twitter social media analysis

This project collected and analysed tweets during theRoyal Opera House's 17 live streamed opera events, scheduled between 2017-2018. The project focused on language and emoji use on twitter, as compared to the language of the opera itself vs. the language of the user themselves.

Ruth First Papers

VCH Explore

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
From: 01-May-2019
The Media Coverage of the European Elections: 2004-2019, Daniela Major

This research explores media coverage of the European Parliamentary Elections from 2004 to 2019, together with the various interpretations and appropriations of the idea of Europe. This is done through cross-linguistic analysis and by looking at media sources in Portugal and the United Kingdom. It is particularly interested in how European History informs the interpretation of ideas of Europe, how the media expands on these interpretations and how they are reflected on the coverage of news related to the European Union, and in conceptualizing and treating born-digital content as historical sources.

(Part of the CLEOPATRA project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 812997.)

From: 01-May-2019
Before, during and after: the media coverage of London and Rio Olympic legacies, Caio Mello

This project explores the media coverage of the Olympic Games in a cross-cultural, cross-lingual and temporal perspective. It is especially interested in comparing how the concept of ‘Olympic legacy’ has been approached by the Brazilian and British media considering different locations, languages and social-political contexts. This research combines qualitative and quantitative methods with a special focus on the use of Natural Language Processing techniques. Caio's main research interests lie in the field of media studies, digital methods, urban studies and digital activism.

(Part of the CLEOPATRA project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 812997.)

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