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ContextMiner software

Posted by Megan on September 25, 2010

From the blog of the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers Unversity [clip]:

Rutgers Professor’s ContextMiner Named “Best Political Science Software”

NEW BRUNSWICK — Assistant Professor Chirag Shah knew that his online data collecting tool, ContextMiner, was useful to researchers of all stripes – from media to law enforcement to academia. But when the American Political Science Association gave its “Best Political Science Software Award” to ContextMiner, Shah was taken aback – he never went through the submission process.

ContextMiner is a free, online program that monitors and archives web content based on keywords. It pores through YouTube videos, blog posts, Twitter tweets, and other content and provides its clients with detailed data, including information about the content creators and other websites that link to the items.

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You can create an account for the web-based program on the ContextMiner website. A tutorial and other documentation is also included.


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