• Accounting for Accounting: REED London and the Development of a Financial Transaction Encoding Schema

    Author(s):
    Diane Jakacki (see profile) , Charlotte Simon
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    CSDH-SCHN 2021: Making the Network
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, English drama, Sixteenth century, Seventeenth century
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    CSDH/SCHN 2021: Making the Net Work
    Conf. Org.:
    CSDH/SCHN
    Conf. Loc.:
    Virtual
    Conf. Date:
    May 30 - June 3, 2021
    Tag(s):
    Shakespeare and early modern drama
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/h55r-z888
    Abstract:
    The REED London project, a collaborative international research project involving scholars in the US, Canada, and the UK, aims to make publicly available an expansive corpus of documentary evidence of performance, music, and theatre in London from 1200 to 1650. By encoding and analyzing these historical documents we are discovering new connections among London citizens and the business of performance as well as the productions themselves. The presenters of this proposal are focusing, in particular, on questions to do with revealing information about financial transactions, and are using a subset of the records that explicitly capture the transference of funds (in terms of goods, services, and the obligations undertaken by communities to underwrite performance costs). Considering the complex accounting methods employed by different communities, we have established a model that allows for extraction of meaningful information across subsets of the data, while maintaining the rich meaning behind the documents. Over the past year, Simon has developed a custom TEI schema that distinguishes data from the ‘readable’ records as presented in CWRC. This encoded information is then converted into tabular format, for the purpose of analyzing the data both numerically and textually using Tableau data visualization software. The conversion is important because it enables researchers to interrogate the records for both the tracking of financial transactions and the semantic context within them.
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