Timothy R. Tangherlini F'09
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships 2009
Scandinavian Section and Asian Languages and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles
Sites of (re)Collection: Historical GIS and Statistical Learning for Danish Folklore
This project focuses on the Evald Tang Kristensen collection, the world’s largest folklore collection produced by an individual. It provides a rich navigational interface that allows users to make use of advanced GIS, statistical learning, and text-corpus visualization tools. This enables a “thick” approach to archival materials through historical mapping, pattern discovery, and information navigation. A proof of concept, using five storytellers and sixteen collection trips as a test corpus, was completed this year. This expands on the pilot in two ways: incorporating more materials into the database, effectively covering the entire collection; and increasing the number of study tools to include more advanced GIS functions, statistical learners, and text-corpus visualization.