Google Maps Text Mining

Google Book Search Now Maps Locations in the Text

Look at the bottom of this page for Illustrated New York: The Metropolis of To-day (1888), digitized by Google at the University of Michigan Library. Using the natural language processing of Google Maps to scan the text for addresses, the locations and surrounding text are placed onto a map of lower Manhattan. A great example of the power of historical data mining and the combination of digital resources via APIs (made easier for Google, of course, because this is all in-house). Kudos to the Google Book Search team.

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