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“What about Moby Dick, Walden, Middlemarch, [pick your favorite work]?” Can this be done for that? But it only links to JSTOR articles… It would be more useful if other content could be linked. It would be great if there was an open API for querying the match data. Combining this with other tools (such as a general purpose annotation tool) would improve its utility for teaching and learning It doesn’t work so hot on mobile devices. The match data is still pretty noisy. Improving the algorithms and providing a way to leverage community expertise in validating/correcting will be important as we move from a proof of concept
New Research Tools from JSTOR Labs
New Research Tools from
JSTOR Labs works with partner publishers,
libraries and labs to create tools for
researchers, teachers and students that are
immediately useful – and a little bit magical.
THE JSTOR UNDERSTANDING SERIES
Pick a text and pick a passage. Instantly see all the articles
and chapters in JSTOR quoting that passage. With an ever-
expanding roster of primary texts, the JSTOR
Understanding Series is a powerful new way to research
cultural and historical texts.
• An early Labs project to test the
hypothesis/value of using a primary
text as a portal into secondary
• A collaborative effort with the Folger
• Launched in Fall 2014 and saw
steady usage until it was
decommissioned in 2019
MORE DISCOVERY AND PROTOTYPING
• Understanding the U.S. Constitution IOS/Android mobile app
• Poetry Annotations collaboration with Hypothes.is, the Poetry
Foundation, and UT Austin
• Experiments with other works, including Aeneid, Divine Comedy,
Walden, Middlemarch, King James Bible, etc.
These matches are identified
via fuzzy-text matching.
We’ve created a “Quotations
Database” of approx. 340
million quotations in JSTOR
articles and chapters.
These links stored as W3C-
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE JSTOR
• Intern just started – adding more texts
• We’ve heard concern about diversity of texts and canon reinforcement
• Proxy capabilities to get works in copyright
• Adding features (article length and reading level filters are highly
Documentarians are only often able to use only a small
percentage of the interviews they capture. In this
collaboration with Kunhardt Film Foundation, we will explore
making full video interviews with historically significant
figures made available for educational purposes.
Kunhardt Film Foundation’s
King in the Wilderness
• Partnered with us to make sure
the excess interview footage of
those who watched – and made -
civil rights history were
accessible and appreciated
• We saw a need to avoid video as ”informational cul-de-sac” and instead make video an
interconnected step in students’ research journeys
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE INTERVIEW
• Test the adoption in classroom settings
• Seek partnerships from other documentary makers or oral history
• Based on how those go, potentially add additional documentary
interviews or oral histories
User Experience Prototyper, JSTOR Labs