The Fagel Collection, Analytical Bibliography and the Digital Humanities
A workshop on using the STCN to explore collections

Date 8 April 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Venue: Henry James Room, Old Library
Bring your own laptop!

Thousands of books from the Fagel collection are currently being catalogued for the Dutch retrospective bibliography for the period 1540-1800, that is, the Short-Title Catalogue Netherlands (STCN). The database of the STCN is not only useful to identify an edition and locate a copy, it is also a powerful tool in digital humanities research. The freely accessible database can be used to generate statistics on the output of printers, the editions of a text or the works of an author. Combined searches allow for complex queries that include details on authors, publishers, typographical features and subjects. For example: which decade from the seventeenth century shows the most publications with an illustration on the title-page, printed in Amsterdam, that are in the Fagel collection?

In this workshop we will explore the STCN hands-on under the guidance of STCN bibliographer Alex Alsemgeest who is here as a Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellow in association with Trinity College Library and the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures Research Theme. After a brief introduction to analytical bibliography, we will examine how to use the STCN in relation to the Fagel collection, how to query the database, how to generate statistics and how this may facilitate your own research in analytical bibliography or digital humanities.

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