Projects

Since its foundation, the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual  Research (CEIR) has combined bibliographical scholarship and expertise in information technology in order to complete successfully and continue to develop a number of key research projects, which have since been disseminated via the Internet. The Centre also hosts two online journals focusing on print culture and illustration studies.

Lost Visions: Retrieving the Visual Element of Printed Books from the Nineteenth Century (2014–15)
Led by Professor Julia Thomas, Lost Visions is one of 21 new research projects, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to address the challenges of working with big data and making the information more accessible and easier to interpret by a lay audience. The project builds on pioneering work on illustration studies and digital humanities, undertaken previously in CEIR, particularly the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration.

Enhancing the Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustrations (2010–11)
Commencing in November 2010 and funded through the AHRC’s recent Digital  Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI) initiative, this one-year project will develop the interface of our pioneering Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (see next item) in a number of ways. The database will have enhanced search capabilities added to its iconographic browsing facilities; the core application will be available as a downloadable tool that users will be able to use to create their own image-driven databases; we will be exploring the viability of applying social-networking paradigms to image-tagging. Details about this project will be regularly updated through this blog in the coming months.

A Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-Engraved Illustration (2004–07)
The Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved Illustrations (DMVI), provides access to over 860 literary illustrations published in 1862. Supported by a significant award from the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), this pilot database (rated Outstanding by the AHRC) allows users to view high-quality digital images of these illustrations, as well as search by bibliographic and iconographic terms.

British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception (1997–2004)
This AHRC-funded database enables users to analyse detailed bibliographical records of 2,272 individual works of fiction published during the late Romantic period, as well as contextual data drawn from a variety of contemporary sources, providing over 10,000 pages of research materials.

The English Novel, 1830–1836: A Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles (2001–03)
This two-year British Academy-funded project resulted in the first comprehensive bibliography of British fiction spanning the reign of William IV. This online bibliographical checklist of nearly 750 individual titles, arranged chronologically and into various categories, is based on the first-hand examination of titles by the project members, and supplies full transcriptions of titles, publishers’ imprints, printer information, format and pagination, etc.

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