Scaled entity search: A method for media historiography and response to critiques of big humanities data research

Eric Hoyt, Kit Hughes, Derek Long, Anthony Tran, Kevin Ponto

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Abstract

Search has been unfairly maligned within digital humanities big data research. While many digital tools lack a wide audience due to the uncertainty of researchers regarding their operation and/or skepticism towards their utility, search offers functions already familiar and potentially transparent to a range of users. To adapt search to the scale of Big Data, we offer Scaled Entity Search (SES). Designed as an interpretive method to accompany an under-construction application that allows users to search hundreds or thousands of entities across a corpus simultaneously, SES balances critical reflection on the entities, corpus, and digital with an appreciation of how all of these factors interact to shape both our results and our future questions. Using examples from film and broadcasting history, we demonstrate the process and value of SES as performed over a corpus of 1.3 million pages of media industry documents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE Big Data 2014
EditorsWo Chang, Jun Huan, Nick Cercone, Saumyadipta Pyne, Vasant Honavar, Jimmy Lin, Xiaohua Tony Hu, Charu Aggarwal, Bamshad Mobasher, Jian Pei, Raghunath Nambiar
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages51-59
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781479956654
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE Big Data 2014 - Washington, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2014Oct 30 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE Big Data 2014

Other

Other2nd IEEE International Conference on Big Data, IEEE Big Data 2014
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period10/27/1410/30/14

Keywords

  • Big data critiques
  • Film
  • Historiography
  • Radio
  • Search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems

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