2020-2021 National Library of Scotland Digital Scholarship Fellow
[Library shelfmark: L.C.2837(28)]
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Dr Giles Bergel is a digital humanist, based in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford.
He has a long-standing interest in the digitisation of cheap print, and is the editor of an edition of broadside and chapbook versions of the English ballad 'The Wandering Jew's Chronicle'.
His other interests include bibliography, typography and book design; and the histories of copyright and the British book trades.
Chapbook dataset project
Giles's project involves computational analysis of the Library's 'Chapbooks printed in Scotland' dataset.
This dataset contains images, text and catalogue records of more than 3000 of the Library's collection of chapbooks printed between around 1700 and 1899. It was produced and made available through the Library's Data Foundry.
The fellowship project intends to study the illustrations within the dataset assisted by visual artificial intelligence.
Using a technique enabling features of similar images to be extracted and matched, the project plans to use the illustrations to learn more about chapbooks' origins.
It aims to uncover the type and range of imagery available to chapbook readers and to explore relationships between chapbook producers, distributors and audiences.
For more information about Giles's project, visit the Data Foundry Fellowship page.