Jupyter Notebooks for Generous Archive Interfaces

Mari Wigham, Liliana Melgar Estrada, Roeland J.F. Ordelman

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To help scholars to extract meaning, knowledge and value from large volumes of archival content, such as the Dutch Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (CLARIAH), we need to provide more ‘generous’ access to the data than can be provided with generalised search and visualisation tools alone. Our approach is to use Jupyter Notebooks in combination with the existing archive APIs (Application Programming Interface). This gives access to both the archive metadata and a wide range of analysis and visualisation techniques. We have created notebooks and modules of supporting functions that enable the overview, investigation and analysis of the archive. We demonstrate the value of our approach in preliminary tests of its use in scholarly research, and give our observations of the potential value for archivists. Finally, we show that good archive knowledge is essential to create correct and meaningful visualisations and statistics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data)
EditorsYang Song, Bing Liu, Kisung Lee, Naoki Abe, Calton Pu, Mu Qiao, Nesreen Ahmed, Donald Kossmann, Jeffrey Saltz, Jiliang Tang, Jingrui He, Huan Liu, Xiaohua Hu
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-5035-6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2019
EventIEEE International Conference on BIG DATA 2018 - The Westin Seattle, Seattle, United States
Duration: 10 Dec 201813 Dec 2018


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on BIG DATA 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Digital Humanities
  • Audiovisual archives
  • multimedia access
  • Big Data
  • Visualisation
  • jupyter notebooks


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