Spatial History down under

Another day, another review of the FBTEE / STN database: this time in an account by Sienna Latham of the spatial history day workshop at Victoria University of Wellington run by Sydney Shep in which we both participated. Some other pretty amazing New Zealand-based projects are described there, too (with links). Check it out at

First reviews

Back from my travels down under, so it’s great to see the first reviews of the STN database are beginning to appear. The first I found was by Jessica Marie Johnson on her blog on the African Diaspora. It’s great news that the FBTEE project is proving useful in fields well beyond French and European history, literature and bibliography. I know that more reviews are in the pipeline and will keep everyone posted as I learn of them. Over 900 people have now used the database, so it is clear that it is living up to our expectations as a valuable resource…  

Goodbye and Hello

The time has come to say goodbye and thank you to Vincent Hiribarren, whose regular contract to work on the project came to an end on Saturday. Fortunately, he has been replaced on an ad hoc basis by …. Vincent Hiribarren. So while he won’t be working as much on the project now that we are published, he will still be around and vital stuff particularly on data preservation issues and ways of linking our data to other resources. He’s also hoping to put up our first teaching case study, and knowing Vincent, he’ll also be thinking about other visualisations and much more besides. So as one era ends, another is only just beginning….

Feedback and crowd-sourcing

The STN (FBTEE) database is getting a great response already. Yesterday, within hours of its online publication, we welcomed 275 new visitors to the website and almost 150 first time users to the interface. On average, each of them spent 15 minutes checking the database. We’re expecting those numbers to rise as word gets out. Some will doubtless have comments: if so we look forward to reading them on the comments and general feedback section of the blog. Anyone with more specific comments related to their  research or new information or possible amendments / enhancements can e-mail Simon Burrows (

STN (FBTEE) Database launched

We are pleased to announce that the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe on-line database finally went on line at 10.10 British time this morning. We are confident that the database, which traces the entire trade of the Société typographique de Neuchâtel’s trade across Europe in the years 1769 to 1794, will be a major scholarly resource for historians, literary scholars and bibliographers. A downloadable version went on-line just a few minutes later. The final editing phase took a little longer than expected, but we hope that the instructional materials and guides make it worthwhile. We look forward to reading comments on the project at our blog.

New Zealand Tour Dates

Simon Burrows has been invited to give two Plenary presentations on the French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe (FBTEE) project in New Zealand in the course of July. The first will be a joint presentation on ‘Using Spatial Data for Historical Research’ with Nicole Coleman of the Stanford Republic of Letters project at the New Zealand Digital Symposium in Wellington (4-6 July). The second presentation will be on the findings of the project at the George Rudé Seminar in Auckland (12-14 July) and is entitled ‘The High Enlightenment and the Low Down on Literature in Pre-Revolutionary Europe: the Evidence of the STN Database’. Between times, on 10 July, he will also be speaking in Hamilton at a public seminar at the University of Waikato on ‘Reading the Enlightenment by Mapping the Book Trade‘, to be held jointly with the Alliance française d’Hamilton. So, not only is a great trip in prospect, but the chance to catch up with old friends across the country and in the Alliance…