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Sharon Howard, ‘Bloody Code: Reflecting on a Decade of the Old Bailey Online and the Digital Futures of Our Criminal Past’, 12-24

Article (Digital Histories of Crime)

Published onJan 31, 2015
Sharon Howard, ‘Bloody Code: Reflecting on a Decade of the Old Bailey Online and the Digital Futures of Our Criminal Past’, 12-24

Abstract
The Old Bailey Online was conceived at the turn of the millennium and has been online since 2003. In this article, I reflect on its evolution and its impact on crime history and digital history, and I explore some key themes and challenges for the next decade: improving digital and online access to archival crime records; funding and sustaining digital resources; and building skills to make the best use of these resources. I emphasise the importance of sharing and re-using digital content, and of building partnerships within and beyond the academy, with public and commercial institutions, and with the huge non-academic audience which has been a key factor in the success of the Old Bailey Online.

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