About the Women Writers Vector Toolkit

This project was generously supported by a Northeastern Tier 1 Seed Grant and is part of the Women Writers Project’s WWP Lab. Bringing together expertise across Humanities, Information Sciences, and Computer Science disciplines, the Women Writers Vector Toolkit is a resource on the analysis of TEI-encoded XML documents using word embedding models. This toolkit demonstrates how to transform TEI-encoded data using XSLT and XQuery; train word embedding models on the transformed texts; conduct exploratory queries and research; and implement different pedagogical approaches to using word embedding models in the classroom. While this project primarily uses the Women Writers Online corpus, many of the processes described here can be applied to other TEI-encoded corpora. We hope to be an example for others who wish to implement similar tools with their own corpora.

About the Women Writers Project

The Women Writers Project is a long-term research and publication project focusing on early women’s writing in English. Our goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. We have been working since 1988 on building an electronic collection of rare and less familiar texts, and on researching the complex issues involved in representing early printed texts in digital form.

“Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist”

Thanks to a generous grant from the NEH’s Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities program, the WWP will be teaching a series of advanced workshops to introduce teachers and researchers at varied levels of expertise to the text analysis methods and interpretive questions arising from word embedding models. We plan four institutes in all: two focused on teaching and two focused on research, with an introductory and intensive event for each. Introductory institutes will be taught using the Word Vector Interface, and will include not only the WWP’s sample models but also models trained on participants’ own corpora. For more information and to apply, see here.

“About the WWVT” Video

For more on the background of the Women Writers Vector Toolkit, and additional information about how the project developed, see this video:

Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.