Focusing on the specific case of cinema owner and film distributor Jean Desmet’s digitised business archive, this article discusses how computational approaches may facilitate the  archive’s unlocking for researchers in the Dutch national research infrastructure – CLARIAH –Media Suite. To this end, the article considers previous computational approaches to film- related sources in New Cinema History research in a historical perspective, suggesting a novel approach which combines text mining and visual classification. The article argues that such a combination is necessary to yield results which reflect the archive’s material heterogeneity and complexity, and that it offers a new direction for computational approaches in New Cinema History and their conceptualisations of film-related materials as historical sources.

New Cinema History, digital humanities, Jean Desmet, CLARIAH Media Suite, quantitative history
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
dx.doi.org/10.18146/2213-7653.2018.370
Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
TMG Journal for Media History; Vol 21, No 2 (2018): Big Data Histories; 127-145

Olesen, Christian Gosvig, & Kisjes, Ivan. (2018). From Text Mining to Visual Classification: Rethinking Computational New Cinema History with Jean Desmet’s Digitised Business Archive. Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis, 21(2), 127–145. doi:10.18146/2213-7653.2018.370