Supporting the education evidence portal via text mining

Sophia Ananiadou, Paul Thompson, James Thomas, Tingting Mu, Sandy Oliver, Mark Rickinson, Yutaka Sasaki, Davy Weissenbacher, John McNaught

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The UK Education Evidence Portal (eep) provides a single, searchable, point of access to the contents of the websites of 33 organizations relating to education, with the aim of revolutionizing work practices for the education community. Use of the portal alleviates the need to spend time searching multiple resources to find relevant information. However, the combined content of the websites of interest is still very large (over 500 000 documents and growing). This means that searches using the portal can produce very large numbers of hits. As users often have limited time, they would benefit from enhanced methods of performing searches and viewing results, allowing them to drill down to information of interest more efficiently, without having to sift through potentially long lists of irrelevant documents. The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)-funded ASSIST project has produced a prototype web interface to demonstrate the applicability of integrating a number of text-mining tools and methods into the eep, to facilitate an enhanced searching, browsing and document-viewing experience. New features include automatic classification of documents according to a taxonomy, automatic clustering of search results according to similar document content, and automatic identification and highlighting of key terms within documents. This journal is © 2010 The Royal Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3829-3844
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1925
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2010


  • Document classification
  • Document clustering
  • Term extraction
  • Text mining


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