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…

Video presentations

In July Simon Burrows and Mark Curran gave a public lecture at the Library of Congress. This can now be viewed at the LoC website at:

In September it was Oxford’s turn to be wowed by the project, this time at the Intellectual Geographies conference. The videos are available here:
Both videos are also available via our project website. Happy viewing.