The ever growing number of textual historical collections calls for methods that can meaningfully connect and explore these. Different collections offer different perspectives, expressing views at the time of writing or even a subjective view of the author. We propose to connect heterogeneous digital collections through temporal references found in documents as well as their textual content. We evaluate our approach and find that it works very well on digital-native collections. Digitized collections pose interesting challenges and with improved preprocessing our approach performs well. We introduce a novel search interface to explore and analyze the connected collections that highlights different perspectives and requires little domain knowledge. In our approach, perspectives are expressed as complex queries. Our approach supports humanity scholars in exploring collections in a novel way and allows for digital collections to be more accessible by adding new connections and new means to access collections.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Editors: S. Kapidakis, C. Mazurek, M. Werla