Visualize America with SimplyMap

In my continuing series of cheesy walk-throughs of online data tools, there’s SimplyMap! My college subscribes, so you can’t easily play with it unless you’re one of the digitally lucky. However…  in the interests of education, I’ll point out some fun things you can do with mapping, and some fun things…

Text mining newspaper articles

Earlier this semester, I met with a student looking for ways to easily analyze news articles and social media. For anonymity purposes, we’ll say that Anna* was researching girl scout cookies*. Everyone loves Samoas, am I right? Now some librarians look up a topic before a student arrives, so that they have…