Stanford Project Workshop – April 18, 2018

The second trans-Atlantic project workshop was held yesterday at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), with Christine Barralis and project member Véronique Beaulande-Barraud flying in from Paris. The morning opened with a discussion of possible use cases for the text corpus, followed by an introduction to the beta version of the online platform led by the project’s technical advisor, Katie McDonough.

The afternoon saw a series of brainstorming sessions, surrounding the further development of the online platform and the text corpus, conference planning for the two spring 2019 gatherings, and a discussion of future publication plans. Lots of progress – and lots of new ideas to pursue!

First Look at the Beta Version of the Online Database

Thanks to the heroic efforts of our project developer, Stanford undergraduate Thawsitt Naing ’19, a beta version of the online CoSyn database will be ready for our upcoming Stanford project workshop.

Working alongside Katie McDonough, the Academic Technology Specialist in Stanford’s History Department, Thawsitt reconfigured the existing text corpus to run on PHILOLOGIC4, a full-text search, retrieval, and analysis tool developed by ARTFL. Thanks also to Clovis Gladstone, resident guru at ARTFL, for advice and assistance in overcoming many of the initial technical challenges. We’re excited to start testing it out!