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What is Text Analyisis?
Text analysis: using textual information as a data set for qualitative research or visualization.
Crucial elements in design of text analysis tools are:
- Computer-assisted reading
- Computer-assisted text synthesis
- Computer-assisted play
Concordance: An index of words in a text. A hybrid text created from the original text by choices of the user creating possibilities for interpretation (Rockwell, 2003) a Word Tree is a visualization of a traditional concordance.
Grounded Theory: A research methodology that starts by gathering data as the first step. A hypothesis is then reverse-engineered by coding the data.
Web 2.0: second generation web development that promotes social networking, collaboration and information sharing. Tagging is a way of coding informaiton to make it sharable.
Folksonomy: User-generated collaborative taxonomy (that is, tags and categories) for classifying information. a.k.a Social Bookmarking, Collaborative tagging. See: delicious, LibraryThing,
Tag Cloud : a visualization created from user generated tags. a.k.a Word cloud. See: delicious, wordle, Many Eyes.
Meta noise: idiosyncratic tagging that undermines successful information retrieval.
Tag Gardening: improving the usefulness of tags by strategies such as introducing standardized vocabulary or clustering tags.