New ‘language of mechanisation’ publication and datasets released

||||||Written by Mia RidgeMay 2, 2024Comments: 0

We’re delighted to share the news that our data paper has been published by the Journal of Open Humanities Data.

Language of Mechanisation Crowdsourcing Datasets from the Living with Machines Project
By Mia Ridge, Nilo Pedrazzini, Miguel Vieira, Arianna Ciula, Barbara McGillivray

We present the ‘Language of Mechanisation’ datasets with examples of re-use in visualisations and analysis. These reusable CSV files, published on the British Library’s Research Repository, contain automatically-transcribed text from 19th century British newspaper articles. Volunteers on the Zooniverse crowdsourcing platform took part in tasks that asked ‘How did the word x change over time and place?’ They annotated articles with pre-selected meanings (senses) for the words coach, car, trolley and bike.

The datasets can support scholarship on a range of historical and linguistic research areas, including research on crowdsourcing and online volunteering behaviours, data processing and data visualisations methodologies.

The two datasets described are at:

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