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Book Data Tools

The PIReT Book Data Tools are a set of tools for ingesting, integrating, and indexing a variety of sources of book data, created by the People and Information Research Team at Boise State University. The result of running these tools is a PostgreSQL database with the raw data, various useful extracted features, and integrated identifiers across the various data sources for cross-linking.

If you use these scripts in any published research, cite our paper:

Michael D. Ekstrand, Mucun Tian, Mohammed R. Imran Kazi, Hoda Mehrpouyan, and Daniel Kluver. 2018. Exploring Author Gender in Book Rating and Recommendation. In Proceedings of the 12th ACM Conference on Recommender Systems (RecSys ‘18). ACM, pp. 242–250. DOI:10.1145/3240323.3240373. arXiv:1808.07586v1 [cs.IR].

The data integration is described in more detail in our extended preprint.

Note: the limitations section of the paper contains important information about the limitations of the data these scripts compile. Do not use the gender information in this data data or tools without understanding those limitations. In particular, VIAF’s gender information is incomplete and, in a number of cases, incorrect.

In addition, several of the data sets integrated by this project come from other sources with their own publications. If you use any of the rating or interaction data, cite the appropriate original source paper. For each data set below, we have provided a link to the page that describes the data and its appropriate citation.

See the Setup page to get started and for system requirements.

Video

I recorded a video walking through the integration as an example for my Data Science class.

License

These tools are under the MIT license:

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Copyright © 2020 Boise State University. Distributed under the MIT License. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS 17-51278. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.