Archive for the 'Tools' Category

Visualization of text analysis

The Adaptive Path blog recently featured a tool for visualizing text (i.e. word count). Wordle displays text as word clouds, e.g. for this blog:

Information Access blog in Wordle word cloud

Information Access blog in Wordle word cloud

It’s not great text analysis (e.g. it does not understanding different words as variations of the same root), but it’s good fun.

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Zotero research tool

I admit I’m stretching the category of «information literacy». But I’ve just discovered Zotero, and I’m enthusiastic about it. It’s a Firefox extension to import, manage, annotate, tag, search for, export, … research sources. With one click, it imports bibliographic data from library catalogs as well as Amazon, Google Books and others, and the same functions can be used for capturing websites.