Projects

Print and Probabilitywith (alphabetical) Max G’Sell, Kartik Goyal, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Sam Lemley, Matt Lincoln, Kishore Reddy, Shruti Rijhwani, Nikolai Vogler, and Christopher Warren 

Print and Probability develops probabilistic computer models that help infer book and pamphlet printers whose identities have eluded researchers. We use machine learning and computer-vision techniques to extract hundreds-of-thousands of damaged letterforms from anonymously printed books from the 17th and 18th centuries, then compare them to known printers at scale.

Most recently, we identified the anonymous printer of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan in “Canst Thou Draw Out Leviathan with Computational Bibliography? New Angles on Printing Thomas Hobbes’ ‘Ornaments’ Edition.”

The Frankenstein Variorumwith Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Steven Gotzler, Jon Klancher, Matthew Lincoln, Rikk Mulligan, Jack Quirk, Emma Slayton, Raffaele Viglianti, and Scott B. Weingart

The Frankenstein Variorum collates the first transhistorical edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), enhancing the text’s comprehensive scholarly editions in a variorum-style web interface. Its website permits researchers to simultaneously compare changes across five different versions of the text (in print and manuscript forms) created between 1816 and 1831.

MARXdownwith Daniel Evans, Alexander Gorman, Steven Gotzler, and Chloe Perry

MARXdown reimagines lightweight reading editions online, using the first volume of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital as its use case. We deploy the edition with the lightweight markup language Markdown and a Jekyll theme called Ed. The incorporation of group annotations with hypothes.is helps to foster community building through note-taking and asynchronous discussion of the text.

democracy Journal Archive (1981-1983) 

The democracy Journal Archive preserves the short-lived “little magazine” (with a lower case ‘d’) in an easy-to-read or download PDF archive with a linked index to its content. Founded in 1981 by the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, democracy features contributions from critical political thinkers of that moment in 12 hard-to-find issues