Funded Research Projects

Project title: Transnational networks among European missionaries in colonial Australia: building a digital repository of epistolary correspondence
Funder: UWA Research Collaboration Award
Date: January 2018 – December 2018
Project lead: Professor John Kinder (UWA) / My role: Co-Investigator
Overview: More details about this project to follow. 

Project title: Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice
Funder: EPSRC
Date: March 2017 – March 2019
My role: Researcher
Overview: This project, led my Madeline Carr (UCL) and Siraj Shaikh (CU), examines the ways in which cyber evidence is interpreted, evaluated and assessed by policy makers. Specifically, the project aims to: 1) evaluate what exactly constitutes the evidence presented to and accessed by policy advisors, how they privilege and order that evidence and what the quality of that evidence is; 2) identify the particular challenges of decision making in this context and evaluate how effectively policy makers make use of evidence for forming advice, and 3) develop a framework to assess the efficacy of evidence-based cyber security policy making that can be used to make recommendations for improvement and that can be re-applied to other cohorts. My role in the project is to use corpus and computational methods of analysis to explore the language of different types of cyber evidence. 

Project title: Digitising Experiences of Migration: The Development of Interconnected Letter
Funder: AHRC Research Networking Grant
Date: April 2013 – June 2014
Amount of funding received: £24,750
My role: Co-Investigator
Overview: The purpose of this research network was to discuss some of the challenges surrounding the digitisation of historical migrant letter collections and to look at ways of capturing and representing information about letters (the participants involved and their locations, for instance) using TEI markup language. Our key aims were to 1) improve interconnectivity between existing digital collections of migrant correspondence; 2) provide a forum to address the complex issues surrounding the accessibility, intellectual property rights and privacy of all those contributing to the creation of digital correspondence collections; 3) encourage and investigate new ways of organising, interpreting and using the various types of information embedded within digitised migrant correspondence; 4) improve access to digital resources of interest to academics, the general public, and a broad range of cultural and creative industries, and 5) promote international collaboration.

Project title: New Connections: The BT e-Archive Project
Funder: JISC Strand B of the JISC eContent Capital Programme
Date: December 2011 – July 2013
Amount of funding received: £744,873
My role: Co-led the research team working on the correspondence component of the archive
The BT e-Archive Project was a collaboration between Coventry University, BT Heritage and The National Archive. The key aims of the project were to catalogue, digitise and develop a searchable online archive of almost half a million photographs, images, documents and correspondence assembled by BT over 165 years. As part of this project a research team was established to work specifically with the letter component of the archive. This involved digitising and marking-up 600 letters which could then be searched in various ways (using the Word Tree interface, for example), allowing users to carry out diachronic studies of business correspondence, examining how the language and the genre evolves over a 100 year period. In addition to being linguistically interesting, the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus (BTCC) is a fascinating source of contextual information for significant events in the history of communications such as the invention of wireless telegraphy, the first trans-Atlantic telephone call, and satellite testing with NASA. For an overview of our research click here, and for access to the corpus data please get in touch. We are now looking at ways of developing the BTCC by incorporating historical business correspondence from other archives.

Project title: Adaptable and Learnable User Interfaces for Research Tools: The Word Tree Corpus Interface
Funder: JISC Strand C
Date: May – December 2011
Amount of funding received: £26,878
My role: Project Manager
Overview: The aim of this project was to develop a multi-dimensional Word Tree interface which would allow users to search and browse within documents and across a corpus, and access instant visual representation of the language patterns surrounding any given word or phrase. Our goal was to increase access and usage of corpus resources, both by corpus linguists and by language teachers and learners.

Project title: Increasing Interoperability between Corpus Tools
Funder: JISC Strand D
Date: February – July 2012
Amount of funding received: £48,131
My role: Project Manager
Overview: The aim of this project was to introduce corpus linguistics methods to research communities who are engaged in the study of language from different perspectives, and who have previously drawn on only a limited range of corpus software, or none at all. It explored ways of linking different corpus query tools so that users can investigate aspects of the same data in a variety of ways. The number of tools that can interlink depends on software configurations and the willingness of other software developers to incorporate interoperability features. For this project, we offered a prototype tool to link the WordTree (Coventry University), Intellitext (Leeds University), CQPweb and Wmatrix (Lancaster University).

Project title: The Enhancement of a Corpus of Irish Migrant Correspondence
Funder: Coventry University EDGAR funding
Date: 2010 – 2011
Amount of funding received: £3,000.
My role: Principal Investigator
Overview: This project built on work carried out previously (see below). Specifically, the funding allowed a second visit to the University of Missouri, a visit to the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park Museum in Omagh, Northern Ireland, and a visit to the Immigration History Research Centre at the University of Minnesota to gather more data for a pilot corpus of migrant correspondence.

Project title: The Development of a Corpus of Irish Migrant Correspondence
Funder: Coventry University Applied Research Fellowship (ARF)
Date: 2009 – 2010
Amount of funding received: £5,000
My role: Principal Investigator
Overview: For this project I worked with Kerby Miller, Curators’ Professor in the Department of History at the University of Missouri. Over the course of his career, Professor Miller has accumulated an extensive collection of Irish emigrant letters, memoirs, and narratives dating from the 17th to mid-20th century. The ARF funds allowed me to visit the University of Missouri to gather letters for a pilot corpus of migrant writing. This involved photocopying the original manuscripts, transcribing the letters into a digital format, and adding various layers of markup.