The Old Bailey Online datasets (the Proceedings and Ordinary's Accounts) have been used or re-used in a growing number of digital projects, using the techniques of federated search, historical linguistics, GIS, and software development. We are committed to making our data available for educational, scholarly, creative and innovative uses, subject to our copyright restrictions and citation guidelines.
We welcome proposals for collaborative projects. If you make (or have made) use of our data for a digital project that is available online, however large or small, please let us know about it and we will add it to this list.
If you would like to use the data in a project, you have a number of API (application programming interface) options:
The APIs are the most convenient way to get our data and you may find them sufficient for your needs, but they are limited by project focus and/or practical constraints. If you think you need the complete raw data, we can also provide this in XML format only with some documentation (please be aware that these are large and complex datasets). Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Projects Which Have Used Old Bailey Online Data
- London Lives 1690-1800
- Connected Histories
- Datamining with Criminal Intent
- The Old Bailey Data Warehousing Interface
- Locating London's Past
- The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925
- The Old Bailey Corpus (version 2.0)
- Mapping Crime (John Johnson Collection)
- The Programming Historian
- Scalable Data Science
- Old Bailey Topic Explorer
Sister Projects and Collaborations
- A digital edition of 240,000 manuscripts from 8 archives and 15 datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names. We included the Old Bailey Online data (up to 1819) in this resource to enable cross-searching with a wide range of manuscript sources from 18th-century London. London Lives has a different emphasis and purpose from the Old Bailey Online website, focusing on tracing people and creating biographies.
- Partners: Institute of Historical Research, London, and 20+ content providers
- Connected Histories brings together a range of digital resources related to 16th-19th-century Britain with a single federated search that allows sophisticated searching of names, places and dates. This project makes it possible to search the Old Bailey Online data alongside a wealth of related online sources including transportation records, newspapers, and parliamentary records.
- Partners: Center for History and New Media, George Mason University; McMaster University
- The Datamining with Criminal Intent project brings together three online resources: the Old Bailey Online, Zotero and TAPoR. It allows users to study the rich Old Bailey resource using analytical tools from TAPoR like Voyeur and information management tools like Zotero. This was an international Digging into Data project. The project also created the Old Bailey API.
- A proof-of-concept tool that enables users to quickly and easily visualize trends and distributions within the vast amount of information held within the Old Bailey Proceedings. A standalone tool created by partners in the Criminal Intent project.
- Partners: Institute of Historical Research; Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA)
- This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results onto a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map. The key components of this resource are geo-referenced versions of John Rocque’s 1746 map of London and the 1869-80 Ordinary Survey map, and a geocoding tool which matches tagged place names in the Old Bailey Online and London Lives and other datasets with geographical co-ordinates.
- Partners: Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, Sussex, and Tasmania
- A new project to explore the impact of different types of punishments on the lives of c.90,000 people sentenced at The Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875
- Partners: PlayGen
- A Firefox Extension for Entity Recognition within Research Data. Scrutiny can scan web pages selected by individual users and highlight entities that it thinks will interest them. (Not in active development.)
- Magnus Huber, University of Giessen
- The Old Bailey Corpus is based on the Proceedings of the Old Bailey and documents spoken English from 1720 to 1913. The project has created a linguistic corpus (c.24 million spoken words in 637 selected Proceedings) by identifying and tagging direct speech in the trial reports.
- University of Virginia
- NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. NINES aggregates online sources, provides tools for searching and analysing them, and supports scholarly networking.
- A sister project to NINES covering the 18th century.
- Bodleian Library/Proquest (subscription resource)
- Connects records in the Crimes, Murders and Executions section of the John Johnson Collection to the appropriate entries in selected external online resources including the Proceedings.
- William Turkel, Adam Crymble, Caleb McDaniel, Fred Gibbs, and others
- PH is a suite of high-quality online tutorials to help historians (and other humanists) 'learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research'. A growing number of the tutorials use the Old Bailey Online (including the API) as a resource and/or source of data. Examples include:
- Raazesh Sainudiin and Sivanand Sivaram
- A technical course in the area of Big Data using Apache Spark, a fast and general engine for large-scale data processing. The course includes the Old Bailey Online XML data, which has been converted into a databricks notebook for exploration and analysis.
- Jaimie Murdock, Colin Allen, Simon Dedeo
- A new, machine-augmented way to explore and visualize Old Bailey Online trials, using topic modelling.