Sounding Spirit Overlays and Understories: OCR and Consortial Thematic Research Collections

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  1. 1. Jesse P. Karlsberg

    Emory University

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This presentation focuses on Sounding Spirit, an NEH-funded pilot public digital humanities project curating thematic research collections of digitized American vernacular sacred songbooks. Sounding Spirit uses Readux, a new platform developed by the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship that enables browsing, annotation, and publishing with federated collections of digitized books. First, I discuss how Sounding Spirit’s corpus of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century songbooks poses unique challenges that require enhancements to contemporary optical character recognition (OCR). These challenges outline new avenues for research that will enhance textual scholarship with large corpora of digitized works. Second, I propose Sounding Spirit’s model of interinstitutional collaboration as a replicable pathway for enhancing engagement with digitized books.

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Conference Info

In review

ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

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Series: ADHO (15)

Organizers: ADHO