FBTEE 2.0 – ARC award

We are pleased to announce that the FBTEE project has received a major award in the Australian Research Council’s 2016 Discovery Project round, the results of which were announced today. We are grateful to the ARC and Western Sydney University for their support of this project.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be overhauling our website to reveal all that we have been doing with the project over the last three years at Western Sydney, as well as details of the new datasets we hope to publish over the next two to three years.

When we published FBTEE-1.0 in 2012, the FBTEE database contained data on around 450,000 copies of 3,600 works. The work conducted over the last three years has added data on around 3,500,000 copies of several thousand more, and by the end of 2017 we hope to have added data on at least 1,500,000 more.

So watch this space as we search for the forgotten bestsellers of pre-revolutionary France

Future Arrangements for FBTEE

I am pleased to announce ambitious plans for establishing a Research Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). This news is hot off the press. I had been aware of the proposals for over a year, but it is great to see them come to fruition. They were a major consideration in my decision to move to UWS, as the Centre will offer great infrastructural support for proposed and existing projects. Equally, FBTEE was mentioned in the proposal documentation, so played a small part in strengthening an impressive proposal.

It is now less than a month til I leave Leeds, and in due course the FBTEE project’s online materials will follow me. They will be hosted by Leeds until after the 2013 Research Assessment cut-off, to allow Leeds to claim its share of the credit. Thereafter it will be hosted at UWS, with an automatic forwarding facility from Leeds for at least the first couple of years. For users the transition should be seamless. And to minimise risks, the cloning of materials is already underway…