[open-humanities] [open-economics] Content Mine launches

Hoeffler, Jan H. Jan-H.Hoeffler at wiwi.uni-goettingen.de
Thu Apr 23 13:28:31 UTC 2015

Hi John,
Thank you for this. The ReplicationWiki<http://replication.uni-goettingen.de> has information on where to find empirical data in economics journals. Could these initiatives be joined?
Take care,
From: open-economics [open-economics-bounces at lists.okfn.org] on behalf of John Levin [john at anterotesis.com]
Sent: 23 April 2015 15:19
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Subject: [open-economics] Content Mine launches

hi all, on both the open humanities and open economics lists

The Content Mine has launched:
For a good intro to it:
As stated in title of that post, the aim is to make "scientific and
medical facts available to everyone on a massive scale." This will be
done through automated text mining of scientific literature for facts,
and then connecting and organizing these facts.

The obvious question is: what of application to other disciplines, such
as economics, history, etc.
My immediate thought is simply that the scraping aspect can be used to
mine publications for data, especially numeric. There's many a table in
economic and economic history journals; fewer, but still some, in other
historical journals.

(I spoke briefly with Peter Murray-Rust about this; it appears that the
publications to be mined need to be fairly recent, ie last 50 years or
so. Mining historical material, in the Internet Archive for example,
would therefore be problematic.)

Any other ideas?


John Levin

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