The Film Search Engine

The Film Search Engine is an online tool that allows scholars and film fans to search a database of feature films using either text strings (e.g. finding all the uses of the word “love”) or objects (e.g. finding all of the flags or bicycles or guns) in the films in the database. The value of this tool is that it allows users to find relevant scenes in films without having had to watch them.

Principal Investigator

John Hunter
Email: jchunter@bucknell.edu

Project Collaborators

Student Researchers & Programmers:
Robb Alexander (Bucknell University)
Charlie Darby (Bucknell University)
Justin Kahr (Bucknell University)
Jacky Lin (Bucknell University)
Shane Staret (Bucknell University)
Digital Scholarship Coordinator:
Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University)

Project Website

http://filmsearch.bucknell.edu/#/

Project Status

Active
Project Started: Oct. 2014

Funding

  • Mellon Humanities Academic Year Research Fellowships (2019-20)
  • Mellon Summer Digital Humanities Grant (Summer 2016)
  • Digital Research Microgrant (2017)

Call for Participation

Anyone interested in investigating how to analyze film using visual inputs and criteria (e.g. color, shape, object recognition), please get in touch!

Moravian Lives

The DH project Moravian Lives led by Katherine Faull (Bucknell U) involves collaborators in the US, Germany and Sweden. It is a scholarly research project and digital collaborative publishing platform that is focused on the memoirs of some 60,000 people from around the world, from the early 18th century to the present. The Moravians (a German Protestant religious group) required the written relation of each member’s life. And this archival record provides today’s scholars in multiple fields in the humanities and social sciences with rare opportunities to understand how people from the 18th century to the present from all over the world thought and wrote about their lives. The Moravian Lives platform includes customized open-source tools and methods for image digitization, text encoding hosted at Bucknell, as well as mapping, and network analysis applications. Most recently, the project has moved to using the machine learning transcription platform, Transkribus, to facilitate accurate and speedy transcriptions of the memoirs in English and German. The newest development in this research relationship involves the discussion and development of a rich multifaceted visualization platform that enables scholars to delve into the lives of these remarkable people.

Principal Investigator

Katherine Faull
Email: faull@bucknell.edu

Project Collaborators

Encoding Manager:
Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University)
Transkribus Manager:
Carrie Pirmann (Bucknell University)
Student Researchers:
Carly Masonheimer (Bucknell University)
Jess Hom (Bucknell University)
Programmer:
Michael McGuire (Indiana University)
Institutional Collaborators:
University of Gothenberg, Sweden
University of Mainz, Germany
Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, PA
Moravian Archives, London UK
Unity Archives, Herrnhut, Germany

Project Website

http://moravianlives.org/

Project Status

Active
Project Started: 2015

Funding

  • Presidents Fund, Bucknell
  • Mellon Foundation Humanities Center, Bucknell
  • Institute for Critical Heritage Studies, University of Gothenburg
  • Academy of Sciences, Mainz U

References and Links

  • “Moravian Lives Scales Up”
  • “Visualizing Religious Networks, Movements and Communities: Building Moravian Lives” Christianity and DH, De Gruyter. Forthcoming.
  • “Pietismusforschung und die Digital Humanities” Pietismus Handbuch, ed. Wolfgang Breul, Mohr Siebeck Verlag. Forthcoming.