Gale started to get involved in Digital Humanities in the early 2010’s, when we began getting requests for our underlying metadata and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) data. What began as an ad hoc delivery process lead to a major milestone and in 2014, Gale became the first humanities publisher to make our underlying data available to researchers on Text and Data Mining (TDM) drives.
Working with researchers using our TDM drives was transformative, in that Gale was able to thoroughly examine the ways in which our data was being used; to understand the landscape of digital scholarship; and crucially, uncover the common barriers that were stopping the majority of humanities and social science researchers from taking part in DH research.
We identified some common problems, namely: access to quality content; hosting TDM content; and intimidating, sometimes complex tools. In identifying these problems and working with digital humanists we were able to start developing a software solution to enable more researchers access into the realm of incorporating DH techniques into their research.
Gale Digital Scholar Lab is a unique cloud hosted Text and Data Mining environment, providing access to the unparalleled range and quality of source information for which Gale is known, alongside powerful analysis tools accessible to everyone, regardless of technical competency. The increased accessibility of these advanced techniques is reflected in the number of universities that are now using the Lab from undergraduate level upwards to support digital literacy initiatives and give students new ways to explore their subject.
The Lab is an evolving environment that relies on input from its users to develop in line with scholarly need in both research and teaching. We collaborate with our international community of users to inform the development of the platform – their voices are crucial to its growth.
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