Event Title

Utilizing Computational Analysis in the Research of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Location

Davis 117

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 10:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts is a database of containing information on approximately 350,000 pre-1600 manuscripts. Megan Cook in the Colby College English department has been conducting research using the provenance field, which details the known previous and current owners of each manuscript, to ascertain the certain individuals' and groups' impact on the collection and distribution of manuscripts. This research involved accessing the database in a CSV format and writing python scripts that allow for the identification of cohorts in the provenance field, and the assignment of a marker to each manuscript indicating the presence of any associated cohorts. Future research will involve exploring the possibility of increasing the number of analytic tools producible using python scripts.

Faculty Sponsor

Suzi Cole

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1760

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 10:55 AM

Utilizing Computational Analysis in the Research of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Davis 117

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts is a database of containing information on approximately 350,000 pre-1600 manuscripts. Megan Cook in the Colby College English department has been conducting research using the provenance field, which details the known previous and current owners of each manuscript, to ascertain the certain individuals' and groups' impact on the collection and distribution of manuscripts. This research involved accessing the database in a CSV format and writing python scripts that allow for the identification of cohorts in the provenance field, and the assignment of a marker to each manuscript indicating the presence of any associated cohorts. Future research will involve exploring the possibility of increasing the number of analytic tools producible using python scripts.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/84