Cross-Platform Concordances, anyone?

The Old Bailey Online offers a range of tools for statistical analysis and visual representation of large sets of data organized around categories (criminal accusations, verdicts and punishments) that make this site particularly useful for researchers hoping to employ quantitative social scientific methodologies to enrich their qualitative analyses. As such, the site functions as more … More Cross-Platform Concordances, anyone?

The Old Bailey: Contextual Challenges of Big Data Analysis

October 14, 1842 trail at the Old Bailey. Courtesy of Victorian Calendar blog. For the historian, text is our bread and butter. We are constantly encouraged to understand the past through close, critical reading of primary and secondary sources. In some ways, this is only natural; after all, we see the past as a series … More The Old Bailey: Contextual Challenges of Big Data Analysis

Originally posted on ngoodlin:
The Old Bailey Online is a resource that really helps to explore the potential of the digital realm.  The dataset includes about 197,000 trials conducted in England from the 17th to the early 19th century.[1]  Clearly, these records have been a valuable source of information for researchers for many years; in…

The Old Bailey Online: a step toward changing how historians do history

Murder, robbery, scandal! Who would not be fascinated by some aspect of the proceedings of London’s central criminal court (Old Bailey) from 1674 to 1913? This source is a treasure trove to not only historians, but linguists, sociologists, and members of a host of other disciplines. However, without accesses to these sources they are little … More The Old Bailey Online: a step toward changing how historians do history

Questions and Searches on Old Bailey Online

The digitized records of the Old Bailey proceedings are extremely large in scope.  This collection of over 100,000 trials allows for the examination of various questions stemming from the British justice system over centuries.  Instead of taking a micro view, historians can step back to look for more gradual changes over time and identify patterns … More Questions and Searches on Old Bailey Online