Text Clouds: A New Form of Tag Cloud? — Joe Lamantia.com During 2006, tag clouds moved beyond their well-known role as navigation mechanisms and indicators of activity within social media experiences, emerging as a standard visualization technique for texts and textual data in general. This use of tag clouds does not commonly involve tags, social networks, emergent architectures, folksonomies, or metadata. "Text cloud" might be a more accurate label for these visualizations than tag cloud. In addition to recognizing fundamental differences - text clouds differ from tag clouds in composition (no tags at all) and purpose (predominantly comprehension, rather than access or navigation) - distinguishing the two types of clouds will make it much easier to assess their abilities to support user experience needs and business goals. The emergence of this new form of text cloud looks like a good example of speciation in action (though it's too early to tell whether the end result will be cladogenesis or anagenesis). The Economist's Text cloud
Interactive and animated word cloud For those who die a little inside every time they see a word cloud: shield your eyes. For the less dramatic, Jason Davies, in his latest D3 bucket-o-fun, created an interactive word cloud that lets you search on Twitter, Wikipedia, or your own URL. Change one of the parameters such as angle, number of words, and scale, and oh yes, the words move. Once you're satisfied with your creation, you can export it as a PNG or SVG. Don't worry.
A New Wonderful Wheel on SAMR and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy The buzz that the Modern Taxonomy Wheel generated over the last couple of weeks has not yet died out and now we have a new updated wheel from the same guy Allan Carrington. We love Allan's work and we find it really interesting. His wheels come along in such a visually attractive way summarizing most of the apps and web tools we have been sharing here with you. If you already had a chance to have a look at the previous wheel and compare it with this new one you will notice that Allan has brought about some new updates to the new wheel. There is now a particular shared focus on both SAMR model and Bloom's digital taxonomy to help teachers better leverage technology in their teaching. If you are not familiar with what SAMR is all about, please read this post.
Data Mining Software StatSoft is Now Part of Dell Software ProductsSTATISTICAData Miner Request a Quote Discover how we can put your data to work for you. Frequently Asked Questions Troubleshooting/reporting bugs I can't copy the word count information anymore. I used to be able to. DiRT Directory TXM is a free and open-source cross-platform Unicode, XML & TEI based text analysis software, supporting Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It is also available as a J2EE standard compliant portal software (GWT based) for online access with access control built in (see a demo portal: Last updated: 29 Jun 2016 IBM AeroText is an information extraction system for developing knowledge-based content analysis applications. Organize Your Projects with Evernote Part 2 of the Teacher, Organize Thyself! Series A few weeks ago, in Part 1 of my Teacher, Organize Thyself! summer series, I showed you how to manage your schedule with Google Calendar. Now that we have your calendar sorted out, let’s talk about those pieces of paper you’ve got scattered all over your desk, your kitchen counter, or wherever you stick them. Does at least one surface in your life look anything like this?
Statistical Science Web: Free Statistical Programs Statistical Computing Software for Population Analysis. A directory of software sources for analysing animal abundance. Gordon's choices: Document TAPoR 2.0 is a reimagining of the original TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal for Research). It is a both a resource for discovery and a community. The TAPoR team has created a place for Humanities scholars, students and others interested in applying digital tools to their textual research to find the tools they need, contribute their experience and share new tools they have developed or used with others. We've recently debuted TAPoR 2.5 and have made some changes we think you will enjoy. In order to help you discover research tools for textual study, we invite you to: Browse Tools by Type or Tag
The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration I’ve been experimenting with a variety of online tools for collaborating in “real-time.” I really don’t have much use for them in the classroom, since the different time zones of our various sister classes don’t make it logistically feasible. I’m more interested in exploring their use for possibly coordinating work with teachers of those sister classes if that project continues to expand, and for use in some collaborative writing I might be doing in the future. Even though I’m thinking about these tools for my own professional reasons, since I’m still not particularly technically proficient, and because others might be able to think of other classroom purposes, I’ve used criteria similar to my other “The Best…” lists in deciding which ones to include here. They include:
Using 3D Topicscape - Users' Stories There are many 2D mind mapping packages out there, but for the heavy lifting you need 3D Topicscape. 3D Topicscape is different. 3D Topicscape is better. Users have made great use of Topicscape's ability to have tens of thousands of files in one database. A single topic may have many files attached (hundreds if you wish) and can still be handled easily. It therefore has greatly superior searching, compared with other mind mapping software that forces you to break maps down into more than one, for big projects. If you choose to place files under Topicscape's direct control, the Topicscape can be moved from PC to PC without breaking links. Scan To Do lists with just a glance at a 3D landscape; zoom in and go back instantly; make live links to MS Outlook® tasks, contacts, emails, notes (in Pro).
Word clouds considered harmful In his 2003 novel Pattern Recognition, William Gibson created a character named Cayce Pollard with an unusual psychosomatic affliction: She was allergic to brands. Even the logos on clothing were enough to make her skin crawl, but her worst reactions were triggered by the Michelin Tire mascot, Bibendum. Although it’s mildly satirical, I can relate to this condition, since I have a similar visceral reaction to word clouds, especially those produced as data visualization for stories. If you are fortunate enough to have no idea what a word cloud is, here is some background.
Meet the Big Data Equivalent of the LAMP Stack Many Fortune 500 and mid-size enterprises are funding Hadoop test/dev projects for Big Data analytics, but question how to integrate Hadoop into their standard enterprise architecture. For example, Joe Cunningham, head of technology strategy and innovation at credit card giant Visa, told the audience at last year’s Hadoop World that he would like to see Hadoop evolve from an alpha/beta environment into mainstream use for transaction analysis, but has concerns about integration and operations management. What’s been missing for Big Data analytics has been a LAMP (Linux, Apache HTTP Server, MySQL and PHP) equivalent. Fortunately, there’s an emerging LAMP-like stack for Big Data aggregation, processing and analytics that includes: While that’s still a lot of moving parts for an enterprise to install and manage, we’re almost to a point where there’s an end-to-end “hello world” for analytical data management.
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