• Automatically Update Visualizations with Cloud-Based Tables
    Problem: When building online, interactive visualizations (i.e., data dashboards), a difficult obstacle to overcome is maintaining the visualization after the initial publishing online . How to easily and quickly add add, remove, or modify records? How can research partners conveniently modify records and see the results online? Solution: When using major platforms such as Tableau…
  • Power BI Database: Recent Homiletical Thought
    The Recent Homiletical Thought (RHT) is the result of a joint collaboration between the Truett Theological Seminary and the Baylor University Libraries. The RHT is an annotated list of journal articles, books, and theses/dissertations around the field of homiletics. Search, query, filter, and citation capabilities…
  • Mining Social Media Content
    New Guide: Mining Social Media Content Need to mine data from Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or Instagram? This guide highlights the top tools you can use to begin mining content.
  • Software for Text Data Mining
    What is Text Data Mining (briefly): Text Data Mining is the structuring of unstructured text content, followed by the analysis of that unstructured content. Structuring text content applies some sense of order that can then be analyzed. Examples can include organizing ngram counts, parts of speech tagging, and named entity extraction. Types of analysis can…
  • ImageMagick + Ghostcript: Batch Convert PDFs to Images
    Problem: You may have a plethora of PDF images that you need to convert to an image format, such as JPG. Too many to convert manually using Adobe Acrobat. Solution in Three Steps (in a Windows environment): (1) Install ImageMagick (https://www.imagemagick.org/) (2) Install Ghostscript (https://www.ghostscript.com/) (3) Using PowerShell or Command Line, run the following ImageMagick…
  • Archive Team: The Twitter Stream Grab (Historic Twitter Content)
    "A simple collection of JSON grabbed from the general twitter stream, for the purposes of research, history, testing and memory. This is the "Spritzer" version, the most light and shallow of Twitter grabs. Unfortunately, we do not currently have access to the Sprinkler or Garden…
  • How Readable is That Text?
    Ever glance at an article and wonder how complicated it is to read? Or look at a whole heap of texts and wonder which are the most complicated? Are publications in your field of study more or less complicated to read than other fields? Or have…
  • Google Charts
    Google Charts provides free and open JavaScript classes that *very greatly* ease the use of D3 for a wide range of visualization types. There are currently 29 types of visualizations available at the time of this post. There is in-depth documentation for each visualization type and many of the…