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Google Tools for Digital Scholarship

Google Tools for Digital Scholarship

This presentation explores the variety and diversity of Google Tools intended fro scholars and imagines how the larger stable might be employed for scholarly pursuits.


Shawn Day

April 27, 2016



  2. Google Tools for Digital Humanities Scholarship Opportunities or Quirky Distractions?

    Shawn Day - 29 April 2016
  3. Objectives ‣ Appreciate the breadth of Google Tools available to

    support scholarly endeavour; ‣ Find a tool or two that you may not have been aware of; ‣ To identify a way or two that you may not have considered using tools that you already were aware of; ‣ Most of all : Inspire and Imagine. ‣
  4. Disclaimer ‣ I am not actually a shill for Google;

    ‣ I generally prefer and advocate Open Source Tools; ‣ But I also use the best tool for the task at hand. ‣ Major Caveat: 
 Tools come, Tools Go. 
 They change constantly and nowhere more so than the Google stable.
  5. GoogleX/Solve for X - The X in Alphabet

  6. GoogleX/Solve for X

  7. What Are They Up to?

  8. SketchUp!

  9. Looking for a Tool Pattern ‣ Making Google Data Available

    ‣ Mining Google Data with Google Tools ‣ Applying Google Tools to Your Own Data
  10. What Google Tools Do You Use Today? ‣ Google Mail

    ‣ Google Search ‣ Android ‣ Google Maps ‣ Google Calendar ‣ Google Contacts ‣ Google Earth ‣ ?
  11. The Tour ‣ Google Scholar ‣ Google Keep ‣ Google

    Fusion Tables ‣ Google Public Data Explorer ‣ Google NGram Viewer ‣ Google Trends ‣ Google Correlate ‣ Open Refine ‣ Google Docs + ‣ Google Forms ‣ Google Developer ‣ Google Cultural Institute ‣ Google Big Picture Group ‣ Google Apps for Higher Ed ‣ Google Sites
  12. Schematic of Tools ‣ Complex —> Simple ‣ General —>

    Specific ‣ Abstract —> Fun
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  14. Google Scholar

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  18. Who Uses Google Scholar? ‣ You can use it as

    your own dashboard and manage your own scholarly citations ‣ Similar in that to ResearchGate or ‣ Not as geared towards the social graph ‣ Mines the spidering capabilities of Google
  19. Competitors

  20. Google Keep ‣ A Personal/Professional Data Manager ‣ Based on

    collections of snippets with limited metadata ‣ Collecting random - or quite intentional bits of data ‣ Tied to Google Infrastructure ‣ Lack of Import/Export/Capture
  21. Google Keep

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  23. Google Keep versus Evernote

  24. Google Public Data Explorer ‣ Access Public Data Sets Aggregated

    and Presented by Google ‣ Mine massive ordered datasets for related data, matching trends, etc. ‣ Are contributed to/solicited by Google - Limited ‣ Currently: UN, EU, US Census Bureau, Iceland, Ireland CSO but growing
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  26. Google Public Data Explorer

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  28. Google Public Data Explorer ‣ You can upload your own

    datasets ‣ Use Google Visualisation Tools Automatically ‣ Integrate with Other Publicly Available datasets ‣ You cannot actually see or export the raw data ‣ What else might you use?
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  33. Google Fusion Tables

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  37. Google Fusion Tables ‣ A Powerful Data Munging and Visualisation

    Environment ‣ Search both Google and User Contributed Datasets ‣ Parse and Format Web Accessible data ‣ What are the limitations? ‣ What are the dangers?

  39. Open Refine aka Google Refine

  40. Alternatives ‣ Mr Data Converter ‣ Data Wrangler

  41. Google Groups

  42. Google Groups

  43. Google Ancient Places Visualisation

  44. Google Cultural Institute

  45. Google Cultural Institute ‣ As part of its mission to

    organize the world’s information, Google partnered with hundreds of institutions with a view to hosting the world’s "cultural treasures" online. The Institute aims to preserve the world's cultural creations and make them accessible online now and for future generations. ‣ Context ‣ Partnerships ‣ What are the dangers?
  46. Google Cultural Institute

  47. Google NGram Viewer ‣ 2004 - 2008 Google digitised in

    cooperation with libraries and publishers and continues to do so at a reduced rate ‣ +30 Million manuscripts ‣ In 2010 Google estimated that there are 130M unique titles in the world ‣ Initial Partners: ‣ Harvard University, Harvard University Library ‣ University of Michigan, University of Michigan Library ‣ New York Public Library ‣ University of Oxford, Bodleian Library ‣ Stanford University, Stanford University Libraries (SULAIR)
  48. Google NGram Viewer

  49. GoogleBooks Advanced Search

  50. Google Trends ‣ A friendly face to expose what the

    most popular searches are returning ‣ A a cultural mirror provides a heuristic means to look at the social life of data ‣ Have to appreciate what is being ‣ What are the dangers?
  51. Google Trends

  52. Google Trends Visualizer

  53. Google Correlate ‣ Kind of a Reverse Google Trends ‣

    Looks for terms or concepts matching the search pattern demonstrated by the one you enter. ‣ The potential is to correlate related phenomenon ‣ Based only on what Google Indexes and related user interaction
  54. Google Correlate

  55. GapMinder

  56. Google Docs Secrets

  57. Google Forms ‣ A little less known Google Doc Tool

  58. Google Forms

  59. As an Alternative to ‣ SurveyMonkey ‣ Commercial ‣ Proprietary

    and Closed ‣ Professional ‣ Well Established ‣ LemonForms ‣ OpenSource ‣ Steeper Learning Curve ‣ You Need Your Own Server
  60. Google Docs Secrets ‣ Collaboration ‣ Extensibility

  61. Google Developers

  62. Google Developer ‣ What it is? ‣ How it is

    useful? ‣ What are the limitations? ‣ What are the dangers?
  63. Google Big Picture Group

  64. Google Big Picture Group ‣ A Research Group dedicated to

    exploring how information visualization can make complex data accessible, useful, and even fun ;-) ‣ How it is useful? ‣ What are the limitations?
  65. Just to Say This is Where You Become the Product

  66. Google Apps for Higher Ed

  67. Google Apps for Higher Ed ‣ What it is? ‣

    How it is useful? ‣ What are the limitations? ‣ What are the dangers?
  68. Summarising 1. There’s No Direct Way to Find All of

    the Tools 2. Tools can work together 3. Data Sharing 4. Sustainability 5. Ease of Use 6. Extensibility 7. Applicability
  69. Evolution of the Web

  70. Google Time

  71. Thanks @iridium