Digital Scholar Lab - Export

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This tutorial demonstrates how to export documents and metadata from the Digital Scholar Lab.

  1. Let's conclude by exporting texts from Gale Digital Scholar Lab. You can use these texts for your own research and if you have downloaded any of the tools used above (e.g. MALLET for topic modeling or perhaps you are trying spaCy in Python), you can use these texts in those tools. Begin by clicking on My Content Sets on the top toolbar.
    Click on My Content Set

  2. Then, from the list of Content Sets, click on Stein.
    Select the Stein content set

  3. Under the top-right tool bar, click on Download button.
    Download button on top toolbar

  4. In the popup that appears, leave Cleaning Configuration at its default, None, and click Generate Download.
    Download popup with Generate Download highlighted

    Note: you can download a maximum of 5000 documents at one time. The maximum size of a content set is 10 000 documents.
  5. Back on the Stein Content Set overview, the Download Content Set button has changed to Generating Download. This is because Gale's servers are preparing the texts for you. Wait a minute or two, then refresh the page.
    "Generating" next to download button

  6. Once the Generating Download button has changed to Content set download ready, click it.
    "Download ready" next to download button

    Then, on the Download Content Set popup, click Download.
    Click on the Download button

  7. Your texts will be bundled together in a file called
    If you are using a Windows computer, use an unzipping program like 7-zip (download here) to access the files. Right click on and select "Extract here".
    If you are using a Mac, double click on
    When the folder has been unzipped, open it.


  8. You will now have a folder with a README.txt file and a folder called "original." Open the "original" folder.
    Open the 'original' folder

    Inside there is one file per text in your collection.
    "Original" folder with one text file per text
    Open the text file titled _Sikandar__the_Great_FP1800972885.txt (with the underscore at the beginning; it should be the third text, alphabetically).
    Sample document "Sikandar the Great" about Alexander the Great's travels

    This text has some OCR errors throughout but is mostly legible.
    You now have access to OCRed copies of all of the texts in your corpus.

  9. Now that you have access to the original texts, let's also download texts that have been cleaned using our cleaning configuration. Click on Content set download ready again, but this time, click on the dropdown menu under Cleaning Configuration.
    Clicking on Cleaning Configuration dropdown

    From the list, choose Stein lower case.
    Choose the Stein lower case cleaning configuration

    Then, at the bottom of the window, click on Regenerate Download.
    Click on regenerate download

    Wait a minute or two again, refresh, and download the new set. 
    Unzip the folder, open the folder called Clean, and then open the text titled XX again.
    Cleaned text with stop words missing

    This is the same text, after being cleaned through the cleaning configuration. All stop words (e.g. "the") have been removed, as have punctuation, numbers, and special characters, and all words are in lower case. It is no longer a readable text for humans but it helps immensely when running tools like Ngrams or Topic Modeling (via MALLET) on your own computer.

  10. You can also download the metadata for your records. Click the Download button and click on the Metadata. 
    Top toolbar, download button, metadata selected from dropdown
    Then, click on the Download button.
    Download button in popup window

    You can download the metadata for up to 10 000 documents in your collection. You will receive the data as a .CSV file (which can be opened as a spreadsheet, e.g. in Excel).
    Metadata in Excel

That's it! You can now export data, visualizations, and both raw and cleaned text files from the Digital Scholar Lab.

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