Lost Visions: New AHRC ‘Big Data’ project to tag British Library’s image collection

Cardiff Book History

Thousands of neglected images dating back to the eighteenth century will soon be available for the public to search online and find out more about how they have shaped our culture.

Lost Visions: Retrieving the Visual Element of Printed Books from the Nineteenth Century, led by Professor Julia Thomas, based in the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR), 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. Lost Visions builds on pioneering work on illustration studies and digital humanities, undertaken previously in CEIR, particularly the Database of Mid-Victorian Illustration.

In collaboration Professors Omer Rana and Paul Rosin, of Cardiff University’s School of Computer Sciences & Informatics, Professor Thomas will work on more than a

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