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  • A Digital Humanities Approach to the History of Culture and Science: Drugs and Eugenics Revisited in Early 20th-Century Dutch Newspapers, Using Semantic Text Mining

    Stephen Snelders, Pim Huijnen, Jaap Verheul, Maarten de Rijke, Toine Pieters

    Chapter from the book: Odijk J. & van Hessen A. 2017. CLARIN in the Low Countries.

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    Human language technology developed and used in CLARIN demonstrator projects WAHSP and BILAND supports advanced forms of (multi-lingual) text mining of large datasets of newspapers. We argue that the combination of exploratory search and text mining offers an innovative research approach to systematically set up search trails in the historical sciences. We describe the development, use, and methodological challenges of the WAHSP and BILAND text-mining tools and the successor tool, Texcavator, to support alternating forms of distant reading and close reading in newspaper collections. We will show how semantic text mining speeds up the heuristic process and thus helped to provide new and challenging perspectives on the circulation of ideas and notions regarding drugs and eugenics in Dutch newspapers in the first four decades of the 20th century.

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    Snelders, S et al. 2017. A Digital Humanities Approach to the History of Culture and Science: Drugs and Eugenics Revisited in Early 20th-Century Dutch Newspapers, Using Semantic Text Mining . In: Odijk J. & van Hessen A, CLARIN in the Low Countries. London: Ubiquity Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/bbi.27
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    Published on Dec. 28, 2017

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    https://doi.org/10.5334/bbi.27


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