Getting computers into Humanists’ thinking: John Bradley and Julianne Nyhan

Title

Getting computers into Humanists’ thinking: John Bradley and Julianne Nyhan

Subject

An oral history interview on the history of Digital Humanities for the Hidden Histories project

Description

This interview tool place in Bradley’s office in Drury Lane, King’s College London on 9 September 2014 around 11.30am. Bradley recalls that his interest in computing started in the early ‘60s. As computer time was not then available to him he sometimes wrote out in longhand the FORTRAN code he was beginning to learn from books. One of his earliest encounters with Humanities Computing was the concordance to Diodorus Siculus that he programmed in the late ‘70s. The printed concordance that resulted filled the back of a station wagon. The burgeoning Humanities Computing community in Toronto at that time collaborated both with the University of Toronto Computer Services Department (where Bradley was based) and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, founded by Ian Lancashire. Aware of the small but significant interest in text analysis that existed in Toronto at that time and pondering the implications of the shift from batch to interactive computing he began work as a developer of Text Analysis Computing Tools (TACT). He also recalls his later work on Pliny, a personal note management system, and how it was at least partly undertaken in response to the lack of engagement with computational text analysis he noted among Humanists. In addition to other themes, he reflects at various points during the interview on models of partnership between Academic and Technical experts.

Creator

Julianne Nyhan and John Bradley

Source

Julianne Nyhan and Andrew Flinn 2016. Computation and the Humanities: towards an oral history of Digital Humanities. Springer.

Date

9 September 2014

Rights

Interview audio files are made available under a creative commons licence “by-nc-nd” with the following characteristics:
• by: the content must be attributed to me and the interviewer.
• non-commercial: commercial use of the content is not allowed.
• no derivative works: the material is to be allocated in its original form and may not be
edited.
See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-ncnd/
3.0/ and http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/legalcode.

Format

MP3

Language

English

Interviewer

Julianne Nyhan

Interviewee

John Bradley

Location

Bradley’s office in Drury Lane, King’s College London

Transcription

Files

Citation

Julianne Nyhan and John Bradley, “Getting computers into Humanists’ thinking: John Bradley and Julianne Nyhan,” Hidden Histories: Digital Humanities 1949 – Present, accessed September 26, 2022, https://hiddenhistories.omeka.net/items/show/48.