About

"Mining the Dispatch" is authored by Robert K. Nelson, Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond.

This project has benefitted from the ideas, insights, and comments of the Digital Scholarship Lab staff, Scott Nesbit, Nate Ayers, and Nathan Altice, as well as Edward L. Ayers and Chris Kemp.

The foundation of this project is a substantial digital archive, the Richmond Daily Dispatch, and an amazing tool for analyzing large text corpora, the MALLET software package, and this project would not have been possible without both. The former was produced by scholars, librarians and technologists at the University of Richmond and Tufts University's Perseus Project. The latter was developed by Andrew McCallum and others at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The project's charts use the Google Charts API, and many of the small icons used on this site come from Mark James's Silk Icons set.

The Digital Scholarship Lab has produced and continues to develop a number of project focused on the Civil War era. Those projects can be found at Hidden Patterns of the Civil War, and other projects developed by the DSL can be accessed at the Digital Scholarship Lab's site.