The WhatEvery1Says (WE1S) project uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities. The WE1S project team is assembling an English-language primary corpus of publications (including newspapers, magazines, and television and radio transcripts) to collect full-text digital articles that will be ingested for text analysis.
Corpus scoping work has identified publications and databases that will be useful to building the primary WE1S corpus. Each RA is responsible for one or several “areas of focus,” to ensure that WE1S is achieving representativeness in its main corpus (these areas, for example, include global nations and regions, alternative/indie sources, and news sources targeted toward various racial, ethnic, and gender groups.)
In addition to this primary corpus, WE1S will also be producing in the future smaller sub-corpora, which will likely include historical newspapers, scholarly journals, speeches and mission statements, government and political documents, and Spanish-language publications.
As we have been completing research for our primary corpus areas of focus, the WE1S RAs have brought up thought-provoking questions and reflections about representativeness, canonicity, source availability, and the source collection process. Our Area of Focus template provides a space for RAs to keep track of their reflections, which may in the future provide a foundation for more in-depth research reports. The WE1S RAs started working on these reports in February 2018, and the final reports appear below.
Area of Focus Reports