AI Tools for Research

2017 really was the year for the rise in AI tools to improve productivity. These tools can be used to make time doing research more productive.

Some tasks in research can be really time-consuming, but AI tools could help in so many ways.

Speeding Up Desk Research

If you have found lots of reports but need help quickly finding and sharing the information easily in the documents, TagDox could help. TagDox uses automatic tag suggestions where similar information in the same or different documents can be found.

Ellipse by Thoughtly, uses AI and ML to analyse, visualise and summarise text. This could be very useful when reading through lots of reports and other sources of textual data, to visualise text and is useful when analysing information.

The PDF Search for IoS is an AI powered search within PDF documents. It allows you to quickly access information with AI, meaning research time can be reduced.

Rygbee Campus can look at the work-in-progress and make solutions and early stage analysis on what you’ve found.

Academic tools include uses AI to search abstracts, navigate topics and explore papers and upcoming in 2018 is FutureLinks that uses AI to aggregate academic papers. allows the user to save anything found on the internet, have it automatically organised, push the link from different devices and share links. If you're researching on a topic, it means you can research from anywhere and it will save the links and organise them.

Taking the Pain Out of Transcription

Recording and transcribing interviews can be very time-consuming.

For telephone interviews, could help speed this up. Clarke listens, records and analyses conversations. This tool could act as a digital research assistant alongside the researcher in taking notes on the interview.

Reason8 is designed for meetings but could be used in research as it keeps the details of the conversation in the app, and can summarise meetings, but could summarise interviews.

Reducing Time Setting Up Interviews

Researchers could use tools such as, and Julie Desk to easily schedule meetings and remind the interviewer and interviewee of the time, date and location. can remove the time taken to research travel times and best ways to travel to new places for an interview.

More time for analysis

AI tools can help with the administrative and time-consuming elements of research as well as assisting tasks such as data collection.

Projects can be expensive, so the more time that can be used on synthesis and analysis, the better, for deeper insights.


How else do you think AI tools could be used for research?


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