Monday, August 12, 2013

Serendip-o-matic (and other good news)

Serendip-o-maticAnnouncing the online search tool Serendip-o-matic. From July 28-August 3, DH SoCal member Scott Kleinman worked with a fabulous group digital humanists to produce this tool from scratch as part of the One Week | One Tool project.
Serendip-o-matic connects your sources to digital materials located in libraries, museums, and archives around the world. By first examining your research interests, and then identifying related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), EuropeanaTrove Australia, and Flickr Commons, Serendip-o-matic's serendipity engine helps you discover photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources.
Whether you begin with text from an article, a Wikipedia page, or a full Zotero collection, Serendip-o-matic's special algorithm extracts key terms and returns a surprising reflection of your interests. Because the tool is designed mostly for inspiration, search results aren't meant to be exhaustive, but rather suggestive, pointing you to materials you might not have discovered. At the very least, the magical input-output process helps you step back and look at your work from a new perspective.

In other good news, Scott Kleinman has received an NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations grant for the first step in the creation of an Archive of Early Middle English. The project, a collaboration with Dorothy Kim of Vassar College (but who received her PhD from UCLA) and staff members from several other colleges, will produce a digital archive of manuscripts written in (or at least containing some) English between about 1100 and 1350. The project is just getting off the ground, but more information can be found on the Archive of Early Middle English web site.