English and Scottish Literature

Award for Palimpsest project

During the recent British Library Labs Symposium, BL Labs team announced the results for the BL Lab Awards.

The awards were presented in different categories recognising digital humanities activities involving data from the British Library.

LitLong home page on display on table device

In the research awards category the Palimpsest team were selected as the runners-up for their work mining Edinburgh's literary landscape.

Members of the team included James Loxley, Miranda Anderson (HCA), Lisa Otty (EDINA) and Tara Thomson.

The data behind the LitLong interfaces, which were developed as part of Palimpsest, was created by text mining out-of-copyright literary works as well as a select number of contemporary books, and included work from Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Muriel Spark and Irvine Welsh.

111 books and over 12,600 excerpts - over 20% of the Palimpsest data - were retrieved from the British Library Nineteenth Century Books collection.

The team thanked Mahendra Mahey of the BL Labs team for their support in providing access to the data.

More information about the Awards can be found on the British Library's Digital Scholarship blog.