(17 November 2014, Farmington Hills) Recognizing the benefit of data analysis for the digital humanities field, Gale, part of Cengage Learning, will make available content from its Gale Digital Collections to academic researchers for data mining and textual analysis purposes. Data mining and textual analysis – the process by which text or datasets are crawled by software that recognizes entities, relationships and action – helps researchers draw new conclusions among disparate data and is emerging as an important area of scholarly research.
Gale will deliver content upon customer request and in a cost-effective manner for the use of data mining and textual analysis. Content from most Gale Digital Collections, including essential research databases like Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Nineteenth Century Collections Online, as well as content from Gale’s extensive newspaper archives and other collections will be made available. In addition to content, Gale is offering new textual analysis tools within the digital archives to assist researchers who may not have programming experience or digital humanities programs at their institution. “Term cluster” and “term frequency” tools will sort through the text and index terms from the content, generating visual displays of information to help researchers easily identify relationships between words and phrases.
The press release is here with a link to a webcast on data mining.