Harnessing Historical Newspapers in the Digital Age
Last Friday, January 25, I participated in the IrAsia Seminar with my colleagues of the ERC project « Elites, Network and Power in modern China. » My presentation consisted in a demonstration of the « enp-china » R Package – a set of tools relying on « R Studio » developed by our computational linguist « Pierre Magistry » aimed at harnessing massive corpora of historical newspapers in the Chinese and English languages. The demonstration was based on a concrete case study – the Rotary Club of Shanghai (Shanghai fulunshe 上海扶輪社).
The slides of the presentation are available here.
In addition, I wrote a documentation for users interested in applying the package to the Chinese-language press (Shenbao) or the English-language press (ProQuest collection of Chinese Historical Newspapers).