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Final Thoughts

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Here is a final chance to express your ideas about text-mining and/or digital history tools. Feel free to make any overall comments about the tools we’ve looked at so far, or to make requests for tools that you think you could use but don’t yet exist. Some possible questions to address, but don’t feel limited […]


Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research (SEASR), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides a research and development environment capable of powering leading-edge digital humanities initiatives. Although not dedicated exclusively to text-mining, the project produces several tools related to it. We would like your feedback about the SEASR project to better […]


Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 is a collaborative project by Stéfan Sinclair & Geoffrey Rockwell to think through some foundations of contemporary text analysis, including issues related to the electronic texts used, the tools and methodologies available, and the various forms that can take the expression of results from text analysis. Your task is to learn a bit more […]

Visualizing the Origin of Species

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

This week’s resource up for discussion: The Preservation of Favoured Traces One of many visualization projects of Ben Fry, this page shows you how the Origin of Species changed over time, allowing for both broad and detailed views of the text. Though perhaps not suitable for rigorous textual analysis, could this be of real value […]

Many Eyes

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

This week’s resource up for discussion is a tool that transforms plain data into eye-catching visuals. On the website, users upload a standardized set of data (like from an Excel spreadsheet) and can then inspect it from a variety of perspectives. You can browse the gallery of visuals created by users, but the real fun […]

Shaping the West

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

This week’s discussion focuses on visualizing change over time, as illustrated with railroad company board membership. Though you cannot plug in your own data here as with Wordle, you can adjust what the tool shows and how it shows it. The questions are much the same as last week: can you imagine using a visualization […]


Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

This week’s discussion focuses on visualizing texts. To begin, visit and create your own visualization of plain text (you can paste it onto their site) or a webpage (you can paste in a URL). Although Wordle itself is probably not a suitable research tool, can you imagine using visualization tools like this for your […]

Time Magazine, 1923-2006

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Mark Davies of Brigham Young University has taken the 100 million words published in Time Magazine from 1923-2006 and created a site that allows any researcher to explore trends over time (so to speak). Although oriented toward those interested in linguistic evolution, virtually any topic (such as the rise and fall of coverage of “race […]

Enhancing Historical Research With Text-Mining and Analysis Tools