Voyant is a web-based text reading and analysis environment that enables users to read and explore a corpus of text using a multi-panel interface. Created by Stefan Sinclair of McGill University and Geoffrey Rockwell of the University of Alberta for digital humanities students and scholars, the general public, and those new to digital humanities, Voyant lowers the barrier of entry to using text analysis in scholarly research. Voyant is best to use when you have a text-heavy corpus and when you want to explore that corpus using a variety of tools. The interactive visualizations created in Voyant are exportable and can be used to add functionality to online projects, collections, blogs, websites, essays, and more.
Project using Voyant: Lincoln Logarithms: Finding Meaning in Sermons (2013)
1. Upload a corpus on the Voyant homepage. You can open an existing corpus--either Shakespeare's plays or Jane Austen's novels, type or paste text into the text box, or upload files from your computer. Click reveal when done.
2. You will be directed to the skin, which is the default arrangement of tools. These are the tools that are in the skin:
You are able to change which tools you see in each pane. See Voyant's list of tools for additional functionality.
3. Export your data and visualization. Export options vary by tool. To export, click the export button (square with arrow) in the top right hand of each pane. You will be able to export the view--which includes an HTML snippet to embed the view in a web page--or the visualization.