Last week at the Data 4 Good event in Birmingham I gave a talk on the opportunities and challenges that text analysis offers to the voluntary sector. It was a short lightning talk so I was only able to give a quick overview of the possibilities, and it's a big area so there's lots more to explore.
You can find the slides on Google drive.
In the last slide I suggest some tools you can use to take your data further with text analysis. They are:
- DataBasic – SameDiff - a simple tool for comparing two sets of text
- DataBasic – word counter - create word clouds and look in more detail at the frequency of words in a piece of text.
- Reuters OpenCalais - a proprietary tool for getting started with entity recognition. I'd be interested to know if there are any similar open-source projects - one I've seen is spacy but it requires some programming knowledge to use.
- OpenRefine - a useful data wrangling tool with lots of useful features for working with text.