May 12, 2021

Gale Makes Content From Several Databases Available For Textual Analysis and Data Mining

Last week we posted that students and faculty at North Carolina St. University would be able to use content from some Gale databases (resources the university already provides access to) for text analysis and data mining purposes.

See: “North Carolina St. University Libraries Signs Innovative Data Mining Agreement With Gale”

Today, Gale announced that they’ll make content from several databases available to all customers for text and data mining purposes.

From Today’s Announcement:

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.

Some Questions and Answers

Does an institution need to have subscription to these resources?
Yes, to request the content for data mining and textual analysis, an institution must have already purchased access to the product.

Cost of the Text/Data Mining Program?
After purchasing access to the Gale product, there is an additional fee for accessing the content for data mining/textual analysis purposes. The fee, which covers the cost of the content transfer and the hard drives only, varies depending on the scope of the content being requested.

Is this program international in scope?
Yes, the program is also available to our international customers.

Who does a researcher contact if they want access?
Researchers should contact their library, who should contact their Gale representative. Gale will work with libraries so that access can be managed appropriately and at the institutional level.

Read the Complete Gale Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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