We were exploring the Game Studies corpus using Word Trends and came across a trend with what looks like a game character. I wonder if there is an art form here - creating texts that can be trended into different graphics.
Mark Turcato, working with Stéfan, has produced some new screencasts.
In order to use Voyant you need to convert your files to text files, HTMLHTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is a language used in web development to make a text readable by web browsers. HTML is primarily formed of paired elements, such as < body >< /body > or < p >< /p >, that apply some characteristic to the text within it. One pair of elements may be nested inside another like this: < body >< p >< /p >< /body > In this case, < body >< /body > marks the beginning and end of the body of the document, while < p >< /p > marks the beginning and end of a paragraph within the body. Elements may also be modified by attributes and attribute values: < p class="hangingindent" > In this case, the paragraph element has the attribute 'class' and the attribute value 'hangingindent'. Attribute/attribute value pairs are frequently used in combination with CSS to apply formatting to the text within the element. Return to Glossary. files or XMLXML, or Extensible Markup Language, is a language used in web development to make a text readable by web browsers and/or store data. Like HTML, XML is primarily formed of paired elements. Unlike HTML, the elements are defined by the user, rather than predefined. For example, both < book >< /book > and < murfle >< /murfle > are valid element pairs. These elements apply characteristics and metadata to the text within them. One pair of elements may be nested inside another: < book >< title >< /title >< /book > Elements may also be modified by attributes and attribute values: < book format="hardcover" > In this case, the book element has the attribute 'format' and the attribute value 'hardcover'. In addition to storing metadata about the text, attribute/attribute value pairs are frequently used in combination with CSS to apply formatting to the text within the element. Return to Glossary. files. Voyant will try to extract textTo extract text is to remove HTML or XML elements from it. This process returns a plain text document. All text can be extracted from an HTML or XML document, or only the text within particular elements. Return to Glossary. from a PDF or other file types, but may not do such a good job of it. I just came across a file conversion web site called Zamzar which seems to do all sorts of conversions.
We talked about having named skins that users can choose from when using Voyant. Here is a list of possible ones:
We are spending 3 days together in Montreal working on another experiment. This experiment is looking at 10 years of Game Studies using named entity recognition and a force-directed network graph to study the social/research network of people. You can see our experiment notes here. The essay we are working on is called Name Games: Exploring influence in a research community. As part of the experiment we are hacking the ResoViz tool.
Today I gave the second part of the Trinity College, Dublin workshop on Voyant. Last week I showed them how to use Voyant. This week we went over what they had tried over the week, what questions they had, and what other tools there were. I thought this worked very well to reinforce the first session and to get at real issues in analytics. It also allowed us to talk about issues regarding individual projects.
Some things they would like:
When I was showing them other tools I showed ManyEyes and I rather like the way people can save sets of tool/data there. That way people can look at a tool with data first and then build one. This might be a way to deal with caching corpora.
Yesterday I ran the first of two sessions to a Voyant workshop at Trinity College Dublin. You can see the script for the first session here. I'm experimenting with breaking the workshop into two sessions a week apart so that:
I'll post after the second session about how this works, but the first session went well. I do, however, have some thoughts based on the workshop:
I (Geoffrey Rockwell) have been asked to talk to a Digital Humanities class led by Dr. Lauren Klein that is using Voyant. They have posted some interesting questions here. Here is some of the stuff I hope to cover:
Background to Voyant
We are now playing with the corpus of all the articles in the journal Game Studies. It seemed like a nice way to see how a tool can give one a sense of a field or at least a journal in a field. We are trying to get ResoViz to work properly so we can do a network analysis of who is connected to who in the game studies field. Alas we just had "Homo Ludens" connected to everyone like a big firework explosion.