IntroductionMy project On the Shoulders of Cloud Giants (I changed the name) is analysing the citation practices within the tabletop role-playing game publishing industry. For this purpose, :
- I selected and analysed TTRPG;
- I designed a database of citations within Wikidata and queried by SPARQL;
- I started analyzing the data with R and R Studio.
SelectionThe TTRPG selection is based on:
- All the TTRPG that have a Wikipedia page (estimated coverage: 95%) ;
- Plus all the TTRPG i heard about in my periodicals the last 10 years (blogs, podcasts, magazines) (estimated coverage: 80%) ;
- Plus all the TTRPG cited by a TTRPG selected before.
Counting & RecordingEach mention of citation was saved as a PNG file nameofgame-pXX.png (where XX is the page the snapshot was taken).
I also recorded :
- the colophons, the credit pages, the acknowledgement page, the forewords, the afterwords, etc.;
- the bibliographies, the filmographies, the mentions of artworks;
- and epigraphs (all or some of them).
DatabaseI choose Wikidata, because it was simple, it was open and it was fulfilling most of my needs. Wikidata can be queried by R Studio. The properties used were:
has a bibliography
SPARQLSPARQL is a language to query Wikidata and retrieve data. The main query is here.
R Studio Analysis
R and R Studio are very famous in the university around me. Its open, its quite simple to start, there is a lot of community support, its fashionable... so why not using it to process my data ?
I deposited the code of my R Studio project here on GitHub https://github.com/pmartinolli/OtSoCG
To have a look on a very drafty and preliminary graph displaying the data, please click on the picture below: