Wednesday, February 12, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
WMS 415 (from 4th floor elevator, turn L then R)
Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914
For data and digital humanists, observing transnational and transcontinental news circulation offers a keen reminder that “news flow” is as much a function of intimate rhizomatic accidents and technological imagination as it is of telegram networks and modal distribution. This is particularly true when the flow occurred without the explicit use of digital tools, though the affordances of now-digital historical methods help to illuminate these accidents and networks in detail. Digital Scholars is pleased to welcome two scholars, Jana Keck and Paul Fyfe, to share Oceanic Exchanges, a series of projects that work toward uncovering the hidden strategies responsible for promoting the transcontinental flow of information about people, places, and global events between 1840–1914. During their virtual visit, Keck and Fyfe will offer stories of its exigence and development, and offer glimpses into how it is is designed to aggregate — in new ways — the vast but disparate linked open data that occurs in extant sources, such as Chronicling America and The Times Digital Archive. Among the many remarkable features of Oceanic Exchanges is its transcontinental construction. Led by Ryan Cordell and Lara Rose, and established to be an accomplished research collective, Oceanic Exchanges boasts a research team of scholars from seven countries in Europe and the Americas, and represents funded support from six national agencies.
Participants are encouraged to bring electronic tablets or laptops, and to read and browse the following resources in advance:
- Oceanic Exchanges [https://oceanicexchanges.org/]
- Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Analytics [https://ncna.dh.chass.ncsu.edu/]
- (2019). “Spreading News in 1904: The Media Coverage of Nikolay Bobrikov’s Shooting,” Media History,
We hope you can join us,