Data Science Tools in the Library: Innovative Family History Research

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Saturday 14th November, 2015

2:15pm to 3:00pm (CST)

Digitizing 22,000 primary source documents breathes new life into an academic library’s collection of 18th century naturalization records; outsourcing the digitization frees time and sparks innovation. This project team evaluated data science tools for natural language process (NLP) and visualization. Data science tools encourage users to interact with this collection, and these tools help researchers unveil information, trends, and connections, which are otherwise undiscoverable. This innovative approach includes: Building a system to mine text from documents; Developing visualization tools to display the socio- and historic data about immigration; Developing a system to facilitate the transcription of handwritten documents.

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Sarah Park

Technology and Engineering Librarian at SIUe bio from LinkedIn

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Lora Lee Smallman

Humanities Librarian @ SIUE. I heart people, dogs, travel, great ideas, difficult questions, rock climbing, & books. Opinions are my own. bio from Twitter

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  • Lora Lee Smallman

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Time 2:15pm3:00pm CST

Date Sat 14th November 2015


Nicollet D2, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

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