Text Mining in Historical Science – 10 twitter conference mottos #dhiha7

During our conference on „Text Mining in Historical Science“ last week, some themes and problems around text mining were recurrent. Brought up during several presentations, the twitter crowd of the conference started collecting these mottos, some of them serious, some half way funny, some sad… During our overall discussion at the end of the conference, we used these themes to wrap up things around text mining in historical science. Posted here (somehow contextless) they might hopefully nevertheless serve for researchers planning on text mining projects.

  1. Never underestimate pre-processing!
  2. Doublets are evil.
  3. Don’t trust (closed source) developers.
  4. Aaaaand…. the tool is not open. Sigh.
  5. Don’t trust tools.
  6. Building a corpus is lawful.
  7. It all comes down to the corpus.
  8. Visualisation is central!
  9. There are text mining tools out there and they are working!
  10. Make the historican feel empowerd and let her or him set some regulation.

 

Normaly I would have included a storify with the tweets around #dhiha7, but after finishing the work, my account was suspended and I really don’t have the time to do it again.


Mareike König

Mareike König ist Historikerin und arbeitet u.a. über deutsch-französische Beziehungen im 19. Jahrhundert. Sie leitet die Abteilung 19. Jahrhundert, die Abteilung Digital Humanities und die Bibliothek des Deutschen Historischen Instituts Paris. Sie ist außerdem Leiterin der Redaktion des deutschsprachigen Blogportals für die Geisteswissenschaften de.hypotheses.org.

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