User-driven Text Mining of Historical Text

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This chapter presents a summary of work on text mining (TM) of historical documents for the discovery of 19th century trade in the British Empire as part of the Digging into Data ( project TRADING CONSEQUENCES ( The project aimed to assist environmental historians in understanding the economic and environmental consequences of commodity trading during the 19th century. We applied TM to large quantities of historical text, converting unstructured textual information into structured data. The structured data was used to populate a relational database that is in turn the back end for querying and different types of online visualisations. We will discuss some of the challenges involved when processing digitised historical text which originally appeared in printed form.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking with Text
Subtitle of host publicationTools, Techniques and Approaches for Text Mining
EditorsEmma Tonkin, Gregory Tourte
PublisherChandos Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781780634302
ISBN (Print)9781843347491
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2016

Publication series

Name Chandos Information Professional Series
PublisherChandos Publishing


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