Evaluating the impact of research

drahomira-hermannovaIt took some time for Drahomira Hermannova to see the value of her research topic, but now she thinks it is the best topic she could ever choose: using text and data mining to evaluate which research can change the world. Not only can this help scientists, it may change the way research is done altogether.

Text Mining for social sciences – tackling the challenges to make search systems smarter

9hi8ujmsdza-braden-collumIn the OpenMinTeD project, partners from different scientific communities are involved to make sure the OpenMinTeD infrastructure will address their needs. As regards the social sciences, a useful application for text mining is the improvement of literature search and information interlinking. To this end, three main challenges were identified: named entity recognition, automatic keyword assignment to texts and automatic detection of mentions of survey variables. This post gives an overview of these tasks and the progress of work so far.


Things aren’t always what they seem: The PDF challenge (accepted)

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There are situations where text miners might struggle with getting the textual data to perform the mining on in the first place. One problem for us is that most of scientific publications – especially in social sciences and humanities – are only available in PDF format, which is not suitable to be read and processed by computers. The OpenMinTeD social sciences work group accepted the challenge to work on this problem.