Some interesting new data mining projects are shortly to get underway. They’re aimed at making ‘smart’ software bots that make life easier for researchers…

* automated tracking/mapping of topic lifecycles, across all forms of scholarly discussion

* automatic identifying of common forms of argument used in different disciplines

* software to automatically generate Dewey Decimal Classification-based tags from existing repository metadata

* software to automatically generate links to texts discussing the same persons, places and events

I’d say No.3 has a good chance of success.