Old Bailey Online and London Lives Update, March 2018

We’re pleased to announce updates to both Old Bailey Online and London Lives. Key changes are summarised below. The updated XML data will be made available shortly.

One unwanted change is that, following extensive discussion about its feasibility, the map search that was removed from Old Bailey Online in summer 2016 (following a security incident) will not be reinstated. We very much regret this loss of functionality, but an alternative mapping facility is available at Locating London’s Past. A very small number of rarely-used options in the ‘advanced’ keyword search also cannot be reinstated. There are no plans to restore the London Lives wiki, but if anyone contributed material to it that they would like a copy of, we may be be able to retrieve it on request.

Old Bailey Online user workspaces have not been restored in this update, but we still hope to be able to do this at a later date. User accounts and workspaces on London Lives have now been restored, but please note that users will need to sign up for new accounts and it will not be possible to retrieve data from the original workspaces.

I think that all other functionality, on both sites, that was suspended in summer 2016 should now have been reinstated and work as it did before. We’ve tested restored search functions extensively, but there might still be some unexpected bugs given the complexity of some search forms. If you encounter any issues or anything doesn’t work as you think it used to, please let us know, giving as much information as possible.

If you have research needs that go beyond the capabilities of the Old Bailey Online and London Lives websites, we are endeavouring to encourage the use of our XML data and Old Bailey API. I plan to post more about this in the near future.

 

 

Changes to the Old Bailey Proceedings Online (version 8.0)

Links to Digital Panopticon Life Archives

Links have been added from individual trial accounts to relevant ‘Life Archives’ of convicts in the Digital Panopticon online resource. This allows you to find out what happened to defendants convicted at the Old Bailey between 1780 and 1870.

Access to Old Bailey Online data

We have added a new Access to Old Bailey Online Data page which lists current options for obtaining our text data, in order to encourage re-use. We have also updated the page listing Digital Projects Using Old Bailey Data, which has several examples of ways in which the data has already been used.

Corrections

We have taken the opportunity to correct a number of bugs in the search functions, textual and tagging errors, and broken links. This was relatively minor compared to the previous update, but users should note that this may mean that sometimes search results will differ slightly. As always, we recommend ensuring that citations include the site version number (indicated in the site footer and ‘Cite this…’) at the time of the search.

 

Changes to London Lives (version 2.0)

User accounts and workspaces have now been restored. To create a user account see How to Register. Registered users can once again use workspaces, but material that was in workspaces before August 2016 has not been restored.

We’ve added a supplement to the bibliography listing recent publications that cite London Lives as a source.

Correction of a number of errors, including tagging errors and broken links. This means that searches conducted now may produce different results. The main changes are:

  • substantial improvements and corrections to name tagging in the Criminal Registers
  • fixes to broken image links in a number of files
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