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19th Century Periodicals Research Day (8 November 2013, Liverpool John Moores)
**19th Century Periodicals Research Day, Liverpool John Moores, 8 November 2013**
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*Introduction (Brian Maidment, Clare Horrocks, Val Stevenson)*
Primary materials the focus of the day.
Making primary material available, accessible - how do you get people and stuff together.
Teaching with digital primary materials.
Where do periodicals scholars sit without HE structures? [NP and periodicals in Media department at BL]
How significantly different is working with the digital as with the physical?
Is the digital 'openness' just creating a new canon?
*Me, Reseach in the Digital Age*
Audience interest in:
- getting at our collections.
- that we are moving more toward openness.
- future of tool intergration in the library.
- development generic materials for UGs, PGs in digital research, DH, digital literacy.
- perspective on relationship between DH and digital tools/methods.
[Slides > http://www.slideshare.net/drjwbaker/2013-1030-ljm; Script > https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qieNc1E39xqAc2JPLtx_VETUOayYXsLX12WbMs4EQcE/edit?usp=sharing]
*Cranfield, Flights of Reason: The Strand Magazine and Arthur Conan Doyle, 1917-1921*
Attempt to understand Doyle's attempt to win people over to his argument around spiritualism
> at the very same time as The Strand changing ... moving toward more comedy (PG Wodehouse) and advertising these types of articles in other periodicals.
Many terrible short stories in The Strand.
Conservative with a small 'c'.
Final kick, Bernard Shaw and HG Wells denouncing spiritualism as bunkum.
*Mike Benbough Jackson: Working with and learning from Welsh periodicals and newspapers*
Started off using periodicals and newspapers as supplements for work.
Changing relationship between what was once 'serious' research (official reports et al) and 'supplementary' research (newspapers, journals).
> but the former, of course, tells us little about representations ... and the latter started, from 80s, to be studied in and of themselves.
Periodicals can show how a country, a region dresses itself.
But much of Welsh life is, we know from other - more ephemeral, less fixed - publications left out of the periodical press.
Many Welsh historians who don't read Welsh have relied on a column in the Western Mail whilst (claims to) summerise the Welsh language press.
Comparisons of search terming and the unsearchtermble in research.
*QA*
- Research on periodicals pushes reseacher out of their focus, from brick to a building (to paraphrase Moretti)
> how do we handle this? how does digital differ from print?
A: digital gives us greater teaching affordances, immediacy.
Challenge of zooming in and out.
- Quarrying for results vs need for context to that quarrying.
- Transnational research. How do we do that?
*Brian Maidment, exhibit*
Problem of digital not representing size well: how to we do this?
*Helen Rogers, Archives of Working-Class Writing*
Turn bibliography of autobiography of working-class into a digital resource.
On-going repository for life-writing.
Prioritise memoirs that haven't been published
One thing to make available online, but need to make it attractive, accessible.
writinglives.org
Students choose a memoir from the collection, write a post on their life over the course of the project.
Students learning in a very hands-on way re how to do online research.
> blogging as a mode of research dissemination.
Created a prototype database for the bibliography.
*Clare Horrocks, Punch Contributor Ledgers Project*
Working with the Cartoon Museum!
Ledgers constantly changing, making metadata creation tricky: so focused on consistent metadata.
Currently ledgers go from 1843-8.
CC0 licence on the data LJMU derive from the ledgers GaleCengage are digitising.
Also a pilot of image tagging to find things you expect to find - eg Britannia - then potentially role out across collection, themes.
*Summary*
Digitisation has brought the periodical from the margins to the centre.
Why write in a lucid, readable way around a thing, an object? More value than generic biography, context.
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