Customising geoparsing and georeferencing for historical texts

Rupp, C. J. and Rayson, Paul and Baron, Alistair and Donaldson, Christopher and Gregory, Ian and Hardie, Andrew and Murrieta-Flores, Patricia (2013) Customising geoparsing and georeferencing for historical texts. In: Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Big Data. IEEE, pp. 59-62.

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In order to better support the text mining of historical texts, we propose a combination of complementary techniques from Geographical Information Systems, computational and corpus linguistics. In previous work, we have described this as `visual gisting' to extract important themes from text and locate those themes on a map representing geographical information contained in the text. Here, we describe the steps that were found necessary to apply standard analysis and resolution tools to identify place names in a specific corpus of historical texts. This task is seen as an initial and prerequisite step for further analysis and comparison by combining the information we extract from a corpus with information from other sources, including other text corpora. The process is intended to support close reading of historical texts on a much larger scale by highlighting using exploratory and data-driven approaches which parts of the corpus warrant further close analysis. Our case study presented here is from a corpus of Lake District travel literature. We discuss the customisations that we have to make to existing tools to extract placename information and visualise it on a map.

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