Posts by Category: Research Resources

MECLABS Conversion Analysis Tool

July 21, 2017

MECLABS Conversion Analysis Tool
https://www.marketingsherpa.com/freestuff/conversion-analysis-tool

Excel tool to diagnose the problems in your funnel and determine where to test. The research scientists at MECLABS Institute, parent research company of MarketingSherpa, use the patented, repeatable methodology of the Conversion Sequence heuristic to assess what elements in a sales funnel are inhibiting conversion. The MECLABS Conversion Sequence heuristic is a framework of five factors (i.e. Motivation, Value Proposition, Friction, Incentive and Anxiety) on which to focus your optimization energy. It brings discipline, rigor and sustainable success to marketing departments. This tool will help you determine where to test, what to test and what to ask based on a data-driven approach. Using this tool, you will get: a) Direction on choosing the best test objective and opportunity; b) Step-by-step guidance on diagnosing the problems in your marketing funnels; c) A rigorous process of defining treatments, variables and metrics for testing; and d) Helpful links for each section to assist your forward progress. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Vivaldi – A Browser for Our Friends

July 20, 2017

Vivaldi – A Browser for Our Friends
https://vivaldi.com

Many web browsers were designed with casual or non-technical users in mind. Not so with the Vivaldi browser, which was designed to meet the needs of both heavy internet users and technical users. For example, it includes a bookmark manager built to easily sort and organize thousands of bookmarks. It also has support for mouse gestures for faster navigation. Vivaldi’s tabbed browsing support includes a number of unique features. Tabs can be organized into ‘stacks.’ Multiple tabs can be tiled in a single window. Users who keep large numbers of tabs open may also appreciate Vivaldi’s ability to place tabs in ‘hibernation’ to minimize their resource use. Under the hood, Vivaldi uses the same Blink rendering engine that Google Chrome does. Because of this, Vivaldi is compatible with Chrome extensions. Vivaldi is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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Ferret.ai – With Great Power Comes Great Research

July 19, 2017

Ferret.ai – With Great Power Comes Great Research
http://ferret.ai/

FERRET.AI is a free Chrome extension. It empowers your research by summarizing/enriching articles and providing full-text search on your reading history. Features include: a) Research History – Hop in Ferret’s Time Machine to retrace the steps of your reading history. Do a full-text search for keywords or metadata, get a visual timeline of what you’ve been reading lately or combine the two. Ferret becomes your own powerful search engine as you research and explore; b) Scans and Summarizes – Ferret scans scholarly content and snoops out the concepts you want to read about. It also visualizes those concepts in the text’s timeline, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for – in no time. The Time Machine handily points out where and when you read about it before; c) Enriches – Ferret integrates with popular scientific databases and services to enrich the academic content you read. No more sifting through the rubble when doing research: Ferret instantly assesses the scientific value of any publication through author and journal scores, peer reviews and structured data source connections. New services and data sources are added constantly. and d) Downloads – Found something worth keeping or reading in depth? Don’t sweat the download button. If an open-access PDF is available, Ferret finds it for you. Just fire up any PDF or HTML page, Ferret doesn’t discriminate. This will be added to Artificial Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Statfuse – Find Out Your Chances Of Getting Into College

July 18, 2017

Statfuse – Find Out Your Chances Of Getting Into College
https://www.statfuse.com/college-chances

StatFuse provides students with instant results showing them their chances of admission to universities across the nation. Founded in 2012, StatFuse’s mission was to help students tackle college admissions in a revolutionary way. Since launching, StatFuse has grown to become a leader of innovation in the higher education space while becoming one of the most data-driven startups in the world. They strive to help students navigate the difficulties of college admissions by putting our tools in their hands. All of their algorithm data is taken directly from universities. No other tool on the planet is able to accurately gauge a students admission chances long before they apply. This will be added to Student Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Student Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Open Broadcaster Studio

July 05, 2017

Open Broadcaster Studio
https://obsproject.com

It can be a surprisingly difficult task to record and stream video over the internet. Users must often assemble a pipeline of several different tools that each handle a different aspect of the production process. Open Broadcaster Studio wraps the entire process into a single, simple to use application. It can be used to pre-record video content, but it truly shines as a tool for live streaming. Multiple popular streaming services are supported including YouTube and Facebook Live. It can perform real time video and audio mixing, audio filtering (e.g. noise suppression), video filtering (e.g. color correction), custom transitions between scenes, and more. Extensive documentation is available on its website, including step-by-step guides with detailed instructions and screenshots. Users may also seek assistance via the very active Open Broadcaster Software forums or via live community chat. Open Broadcaster Studio is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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List of Search Engines

July 03, 2017

List of Search Engines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines

This is a list of search engines, including web search engines, selection-based search engines, metasearch engines, desktop search tools, and web portals and vertical market websites that have a search facility for online databases. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™.

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List of Academic Databases and Search Engines

June 30, 2017

List of Academic Databases and Search Engines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_academic_databases_and_search_engines

This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles. This will be added to Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources white paper. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Calibre

June 29, 2017

Calibre
https://www.calibre-ebook.com

Calibre is a popular and full-featured ebook management system. Currently its website reports 2.9 million active installs in 237 countries. Calibre is able to create, edit, and read ebooks in many common formats, including EPUB and Kindle MOBI. It can synchronize books across devices and convert between formats (within DRM restrictions). Cailbre can download books from free providers like the Internet Archive and Project Guttenberg. Metadata for ebooks can be integrated from sources like ISBNdb.com, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. It can also download articles from any site that provides an RSS feed. Examples are included to incorporate articles from The Economist, BBC News, Scientific American, and many others. Calibre is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Reference Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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Text Mining

June 27, 2017

Text Mining
http://www.istl.org/17-spring/internet.html

Text Mining from Science and Technology Resources on the Internet by Kristen Cooper. Taken from the overview: “As defined by Bernard Reilly (2012), president of the Center for Research Libraries, text mining is “the automated processing of large amounts of digital data or textual content for the purpose of information retrieval, extraction, interpretation, and analysis.” The first step is to find or build a corpus, or the collection of text that a researcher wishes to work with. Most often researchers will need to download this corpus to either their computers or an alternative storage platform. Once this has been done, different tools can be used to find patterns, biases, and other trends that are present in the text (Reilly 2012). Within higher education, text mining is most often found among the digital humanities and linguistics studies. However it is growing in popularity in the science and technology fields. It is possible to find many examples of how text mining is beginning to be utilized in the sciences. It allows users to search across a large set of documents to find connections that would be prohibitively expensive in terms of time to attempt to read individually. An example of this can be seen in the biomedical sciences where Frijters et al. (2010) used text mining to search in MedLine for drugs that could interfere with cell proliferation. Another example can be found with the works of the EXFOR library, which contains experimental nuclear reaction data. Hirdt and Brown (2016) used text mining to build a graph of the relationships between the reactions in the library. They were then able to use this information to identify reactions that are important to researchers but have been understudied. Text mining also has an ability to discover themes and relationships within a corpus through a technique called topic modeling. In a 2016 research study, the authors use topic modeling to determine the proportion of the analyzed text discussing a specific phenomenon, in this case forest fragmentation, and to determine the concepts that are most strongly associated with this phenomenon (Nunez-Mir et al. 2016). In an example from environmental science, Grubert and Siders (2016) use topic modeling to find empirical support for the theory that climate change has become an important topic in environmental lifecycle assessment over time, and revealed a secondary finding of this increase coming at the expense of attention to human health. Finally, the sheer amount of information available to researchers, educators, and scholars makes it increasingly difficult to stay current on a particular topic or field. Anne Okerson (2013) points out that text mining can be a useful and time saving factor in doing a systematic review. Text mining therefore presents librarians with the opportunity to develop skills in a new area that has the potential to be of great use to patrons.” This will be added to Data Mining Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Textal – Text Analysis App

June 26, 2017

Textal – Text Analysis App
http://textal.org/

Textal is a free smartphone app, currently available on iOS, that allows you to analyze websites, tweet streams, and documents, as you explore the relationships between words in the text via an intuitive word cloud interface. You can generate graphs and statics, as well as share the data and visualizations in any way you like. Textal is a fun and useful tool for research and play. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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