Definitions

We thought it might be a good idea, at the beginning of the project, to attempt to define what we’re talking about in the five digital research areas that will be covered: cloud computing, linked data, semantic data, text mining and visualisation.

These are the definitions that the team has come up with, but there is bound to be room for improvement. If you can suggest improvements we’d love to hear about them in the comments.

Cloud computing storage and processing of data entirely on third-party servers, with no local working or copies.

Linked data exposed data which can be read by machines along with other data in the same format.

Semantic data data marked up, however lightly or heavily, in ways which reflect the semantic content of a text, rather than its structure.

Text mining the derivation of meaningful data from a large body of unstructured data, using automated methods to reveal structure and associations.

Visualisation the visual representation of data in an attempt to show otherwise hidden patterns and relationships.

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