Berkeley Prosopography Services (BPS): a toolkit supporting humanities research

Seminar | April 14 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 107 South Hall

 Laurie Pearce and Patrick Schmitz

 Information, School of

The work of social, economic, and intellectual historians depends on identifying participants in communities, transactions, and processes being investigated. Berkeley Prosopography Services supports research workflows through abstracting and implementing the probabilistic heuristics commonly applied in the process of disambiguating namesakes in text corpora, by offering the user the opportunity to modify the heuristics to explore "what if" scenarios, and to visualize the results in interactive graphs. Here, we consider the contributions and challenges of developing and applying this approach to humanities research.

The presenters are project manager and technical lead, respectively, of Berkeley Prosopography Services.