Digital Humanities Lab News

May 25, 2017

What is the most-produced play at Yale? Which actors have played Hamlet on our stages? To find out, the Digital Humanities Lab and Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library created Ensemble @ Yale, a platform for crowdsourced transcription, that was recently featured in YaleNews.

Covering 90 years of Yale's theater history, Ensemble @ Yale provides full-text access to playbills from the Yale School of Drama, Yale Repertory Theatre, and other theatrical groups on campus. Visitors to the site have the option to login and help transcribe or mark playbills, which are organized by decade, by drawing boxes around titles, actors, directors, and more. No Yale affiliation is required to login and participate. 

Check out YaleNews's website for an interview with Lindsay King, one of the projects principal investigators.

To see the project and begin transcribing, visit Ensemble @ Yale.

Post on May 25, 2017 - 9:30am |

May 4, 2017

Ensemble @ Yale Talk

May 4 at 2:00pm in the Digital Humanities Lab (SML 317)

Put that end-of-the-semester procrastination to good use and help us create a database of Yale theater history with Ensemble @ Yale! This new tool leverages the power of crowdsourcing (that’s you!) to identify and transcribe titles and dates of plays, as well as the names of actors, directors, playwrights, set and costume designers, etc. from historical programs dating back to 1925. Lindsay King will present an overview of the project, along with information on how you can participate.

Inspired by the original Ensemble project from NYPL Labs, Ensemble @ Yale is an experiment that aims to transform historic programs from Yale’s archives into searchable text through crowdsourced transcription. Rather than reproducing all of the words in a digitized document, as with optical character recognition (OCR), crowdsourced transcription relies on human judgment to pull out features of interest to scholars and create structured data.
All are welcome to attend; coffee and tea will be available.
Lindsay King is the Associate Director for Access and Research Services for the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

Post on May 1, 2017 - 11:42am |