Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab Updates: June 2019

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| By Maggie Waligora, Product Manager II |

We’re excited to announce the latest round of enhancements to Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab! Based on feedback from users, these updates will improve the workflow and functionality for students and researchers. Read below for details.

  • Named Entity Recognition enhancements—The development effort focused on redesigning the visualization and tabular data results from the Named Entity Recognition (NER) tool. The updated design and functionality now map directly to feedback gathered from conversations with the user community.

  • Non-English stop word options—We’ve added non-English default starter lists to the text cleaning workflow. The language options available align with known publication languages identified in Gale Primary Sources.

  • Parts of Speech—With enhanced visualization results, Digital Scholar Lab presents data clearly in a line graph. Now, when users navigate to the Parts of Speech (POS) visualization, they’ll see the top 10 authors graphed with the option to add any combination of authors up to 500 at a time. As always, the full data is available in the tabular data download.

  • Privacy information—We incorporated a Digital Scholar Lab-specific privacy statement within the help documents to explain the technical specifications and point users to relevant FAQs. We’ve also added plain language describing how we’re implementing the Google and Microsoft authentication methods.

  • Accessibility enhancements—Users can access visualizations easily with the new accessibility module that uses keyboard commands and screen readers as a next step in the direction toward WCAG 2.0 AA compliance in the Lab.

Our team makes frequent improvements to refine the Digital Scholar Lab in an effort to enhance the user experience and support greater outcomes. Subscribe to the Digital Scholar Lab newsletter to see the latest from the Lab and learn about the exciting digital humanities research happening today.

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