Database

The NOTCOM DATABASE is a set of collective notebooks. It consists of limited excerpts from the core corpus of NOTCOM, including minutes from natural philosophical societies, correspondences of key intelligencers, and learned journals dedicated to natural philosophy. The notebooks are created by the PI and the NOTCOM post-doctoral fellows as a way to share key text-mining data among ourselves. Publishing the notebooks in the form a searchable database is a key open science provision of the NOTCOM project, offering open access to key data of the project in near-raw form. The notebooks are not intended to be systematic  or exhaustive but represent what each data-miner considered to be experiments, debates, figures, or exchanges particularly relevant or illustrative of NOTCOM research themes. The notebooks are organised into small scientific narratives, but can also be search by corpus and key words. Data packages currently in elaboration include:

  • Thomas Birch, The History of the Royal Society of London, 4 vols.
  • Philosophical Transactions, 1665-1700.
  • Marin Mersenne, Correspondance, 17 vols.
  • Journal des sçavants, 1665-1701.
  • Henry Oldenburg, Correspondence, 13 vols.
  • Christiaan Huygens, Oeuvres, 22 vols.
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