Very slick, good work. I can see where this tool can be very helpful. It
does have some issues with some characters, but this is rather common with
On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM, Eric Lease Morgan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> For a limited period of time I am making publicly available a Web-based
> program called PDF2TXT -- http://bit.ly/1bJRyh8
> PDF2TXT extracts the text from an OCRed PDF document and then does some
> rudimentary "distant reading" against the text in the form of word clouds,
> readability scores, concordance features, and "maps" (histograms)
> illustrating where terms appear in a text.
> Here is the idea behind the application:
> 1. In the Libraries I see people scanning, scanning, and
> scanning. I suppose these people then go home and read the
> document. They might even print it. These documents are long.
> Moreover, I'll bet they have multiple documents.
> 2. Text mining requires digitized text, but PDF documents are
> frequently full of formatting. At the same time, they often
> have the text underneath. Our scanning software does OCR.
> 3. By extracting the text from PDF documents, I can facilitate
> a different -- additional -- type of analysis against sets of
> one or more documents. PDF2TXT is the first step in this
> What is really cool is that PDF2TXT works for many of the articles
> downloadable from the Libraries's article indexes. Search an article index.
> Download a full text, PDF version of the article. Feed it to PDF2TXT. Get
> more out of your article.
> PDF2TXT currently has "creeping featuritis" -- meaning that it is growing
> in weird directions. Your feedback is more than welcome. (I know. The
> output is ugly.) Also, please be gentle with it because it does not process
> things the size of the Bible.
> Eric Lease Morgan
> Digital Initiatives Librarian
> University of Notre Dame
> Room 131, Hesburgh Libraries
> Notre Dame, IN 46556
> o: 574-631-8604
> e: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>