Semantic Explorer is one of the outputs of the Polirural research project financed by the Horizon2020 Program of the EU. One of the objectives of the Polirural project is to bring solutions to policymakers to support European rural areas in responding to contemporary challenges. The tool has been developed to provide support to researchers and facilitators by reducing the cognitive load related to tasks that are essential to policy processes, such as Foresight and Policy evaluation
It is an open-source web app tool based on cutting edge text mining (TM) technology, capable of extracting information from unstructured data and displaying the results through graphical and textual outputs. The tool is based on NLP functions including Topic Extraction, Named Entity Recognition and Sentiment Analysis. Through these NLP processes users can access analyzed text and visualize the result through clear graphical representations.
The portal is the gateway to a large library of more than 4000 documents related to European rural areas. Sources have been gathered by Polirural Pilots ensuring a high level of expertise in rural related topics and wide geographical representation (12 Pilots in different parts of Europe plus Israel). The scientific articles, technical reports and policy related documents collected relate to the needs of Polirural areas as well as to the local, regional, national and European policies.
The objective of this guide it to give practical insights about the use of the tool to make it accessible to a wider range of users. After a brief introductory part about the platform`s contents and the Text Mining technology applied, the guide provides the reader with step-by-step instructions for the use of the tool.
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