Iain Emsley wins HackFest Award

Iain Emsley wins HackFest Award

The Bodleian Libraries hosted a one-day hackfest on 9 March 2015 to celebrate the release of over 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online project into the public domain. The event encouraged students and researchers from all disciplines, and members of the public with an interest in the intersection between technology, history and literature to work together to develop projects using the texts and the data they may generate.

Ideas Hack

The Bodleian Libraries also hosted an Ideas Hack competition for those unable to attend the Hackfest event. The two-month long competition encouraged students, researchers from all disciplines, and members of the public with an interest in the intersection between technology, history and literature to explore innovative and creative approaches to the data and identify potential paths for future activity.

Submissions were judged on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of innovative and creative technical approaches to the data (e.g. through use of text mining, corpus linguistics, visualizations, audio engineering, geospatial analysis, n-grams, subject diversity, etc.)
  • Identification of potential paths for future activity
  • Imaginative approaches to text or subject matter, especially those which include an element of ‘surprise’
  • Effective methods by which to expand the potential audience for this data beyond its traditional academic audience

The Centre's Iain Emsley was awarded second prize in the competition for his entry entitled : 'If music be the food of love - Sonifying drama'