[Air-L] Downloading online forum postings and analyzing occurence of keywords in the data
subcultures at gmail.com
Wed Jun 29 04:52:24 PDT 2011
I don't have any experience with scraping software, but I recently did a
keyword analysis as part of a study of ethno-nationalist interaction on a
Transylvanian forum. I used Wordsmith
It had a bit of a steep learning curve, but it was recommended by a corpus
linguist and was quite efficient once I understood how it worked.
I have a short paper partly based on using Wordsmith from a corpus
linguistics (methodological) perspective and its relevance for
microsociology (i.e., symbolic interactionism) in case you're interested.
On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 3:12 AM, Leurs, K.H.A. (Koen) <K.H.A.Leurs at uu.nl>wrote:
> Dear list-members,
> I'm a Utrecht University based (Netherlands) researcher working on the
> European http://www.mignetproject.eu/ project working on transnational
> digital networks, migration and gender.
> More specifically I'm studying knowledge and education processes across
> formal (university) and informal (forums, wikipedia) knowledge domains.
> I was wondering if anyone on the list has experiences with scraping online
> forum data and searching it for the occurence of keywords. Especially I'm
> wondering which software best suits my preferences, in selecting for
> instance a certain timeline to scrape as I would like to compare the
> curriculum of a year of university courses
> and their attention for diversity issues and a year of forum postings and
> their attention for diversity issues.
> Scraping software that I have used so far are:
> Software that I have been looking at for searching keywords in digital data
> Provalis Research Wordstat
> Digitalmethods.net > issuecrawler
> I'm looking forward to any suggestions, and thank you for your time.
> Kind regards,
> Koen Leurs | Aio / PhD student Gender Studies | Research Institute for
> History and Culture |
> | Utrecht University, the Netherlands | Muntstraat 2a | 3512 EV
> Utrecht | Room 1.12 |
> www.koenleurs.net | www.uu.nl/wiredup | www.mignetproject.eu/ |
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