A Foray into Board Games of the Past

A large part of my summer internship at the Canadian Children’s Museum at the Canadian Museum of Civilization involved me researching artifacts from the museum’s collection and putting them online, making them accessible to museum-goers. I tried to choose items that were relevant to every generation and meaningful to the average Canadian, a task that proved to be very interesting. My first solo foray into the museum’s collections storage was a little intimidating, as it is housed in a gigantic room located in the basement of the building. I headed down and was sure to bring my building pass so I could swipe into the collection room, and to also avoid being trapped in a stairwell, as the card is needed to open all doors to exit the stairwell (I always kept my pass clipped to my pocket to prevent such debacles from occurring). Continue reading

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The Awakening and Practical Uses of TAPoR

Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) is a research tool that allows the user to analyze any body of online text. It’s simple enough that all you need to do is copy and paste the url of whatever website of text you’d like to analyze. A good way of doing this with books is to use Project Gutenberg. You’ll find a selection of older books that have been completely digitized and have been placed online.

All in all, the generator is pretty awesome. It allows you to identify the frequency and patterns of when certain words appear in the body of text you’re analyzing. It can help people analyze books more thoroughly when knowing when and where certain words appear, thus helping them identify key themes at certain points in the book. I could personally see this tool as being very helpful in researching a paper, regardless of the discipline. Continue reading