25 Feb

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 past, however, it could take months to glean even a basic fact from such a large mass of data, such as how many women were charged as burglars in the 19th century, or how many children were involved in crimes.  The Old Bailey Online dramatically simplifies the answering of these questions, providing a new way to look at and analyze large datasets.

The Old Bailey Online, then, is an excellent example of a digital tool that showcases how historical methodologies can be changed with the advent of technology.  Frederick W. Gibbs and Trevor…

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