National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education
The NITLE Semantic Engine (NSE) is an ambitious effort to make advanced search technologies available and useful to the academic community as open-source software. In this presentation, we will demonstrate how NSE technologies can enhance an open-source web-based application for reading and annotating literary texts. Information on character interactions, plot dynamics, thematic elements, and geographical location is automatically mined from Gutenberg Project texts and used to create novel visualization and navigation tools. The result is a new way of interacting with and annotating literature unique to the web, and a potentially powerful tool for building knowledge communities around texts.