Research Remix

August 15, 2008

Software to cluster blog posts?

Filed under: blogging — Tags: — Heather Piwowar @ 11:59 am

I’m jonesing for some software.  I want to cluster/thread/map the blog posts I read and share (via Google Reader).

There are gems in there, including posts that I didn’t have a chance to read thoroughly at the time.  There are also gem topics:  explorations that gel through related posts across many authors across many months.  I want to read them again, by theme rather than post date.  I want to use the results to blog, and to pull into my research background sections, and to remind myself about what others are thinking.

I could try to retrieve related posts via full-text or tag searches, but that isn’t what I’m looking for.   I want an automatic map of all the things that I star and share:  what topics are they covering?  Computer, you tell me.

I could repurpose some of the software designed to do this for research articles or email threads, or I could hack up some of my own… but I’m betting there is an RSS-reading, blog-clustering, topic-mapping engine out there somewhere, ready to use.

Any ideas?


  1. Devonthink? Heaven knows it’s supposed to do everything else… :-)

    Comment by John Piwowar — August 15, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

  2. Postgenomic code is available as open source so I guess you can put up a version just for you

    Comment by Pedro Beltrao — August 15, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  3. John, good idea, I hadn’t really thought of DevonThink for this. I remember that its RSS feed handling seemed a bit cludgy, but I bet it would work.

    Pedro, thanks for the comment. I’m not very familiar with postgenomic. You’re right, though, it looks like just what I’m looking for (and a great resource itself). Will have a look. Thank you!

    Comment by Heather Piwowar — August 19, 2008 @ 8:40 am

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