Advising and Consulting

Cohen Lab advises or serves several external projects.

Current projects

READING the FIRST BOOKS: MULTILINGUAL, EARLY MODERN OCR for PRIMEROS LIBROS

This initiative tackles the complex problems associated with automated text capture and preservation in the context of early colonial books that involve multiple languages, including indigenous ones. It is a collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Texas A&M University. The tool will be integrated into the Early Modern OCR project and its resulting transcriptions will be folded into the Primeros Libros collection. Read more about this fascinating undertaking here: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/news/9649.

CIVIL WAR WASHINGTON

Civil War Washington map viewThis web-based research site examines the U.S. national capital from multiple perspectives as a case study of social, political, cultural, and medical/scientific transitions provoked or accelerated by the Civil War. The project draws on the methods of many fields—literary studies, history, geography, computer-aided mapping—to create a digital resource that chronicles the war’s impact on the city. Drawing on material ranging from census records to literary texts and from forgotten individuals to the famous (such as Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman), Civil War Washington examines how Washington changed from a sleepy Southern town to the symbolic center of the Union and nation.

Melville's Marginalia OnlineMELVILLE’S MARGINALIA ONLINE

An electronic catalog of books owned and borrowed by American author Herman Melville, and a digital edition of marked and annotated books that survive from his library. Based at Boise State University, under the editorial direction of Steven Olsen-Smith, Peter Norberg, and Dennis C. Marnon.

JOYCE WORD DICTIONARY

The Joyce Word Dictionary (JWD) is a site to which academics, lexicographers, and Joyce readers around the world can contribute definitions, analyses, and interpretations of James Joyce’s notorious neologisms, puns, wordplays, and acrostics. Rather than functioning as a conventional dictionary, which assumes to present authoritative definitions, the open-access JWD allows multiple word meanings to co-exist. Meanings constantly develop as contributions accumulate.

Past projects

OUR AMERICAS ARCHIVE PARTNERSHIP

Our Americas Archive Partnership(OAAP) is a digital archive supported by search tools and teaching materials that provides open access to historical documents on the Americas, which are housed at collaborating institutions.

NINETEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES: RESOURCES for an INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM

This site is designed to provide students of the nineteenth century in Europe and the United States resources in literature, history, art, and material culture to carry out interdisciplinary study of major themes and topics that help define the nature of the era. Matt Cohen served on its advisory board from 2005-2007.

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