Analyze article database

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I am building a database of articles on emergency notification systems that appear on the Internet. The articles are from newspapers, magazines, blog postings etc - all from the US. When complete, I expect to have at least 10,000 articles.

I am using a database system called Zotero, which can be downloaded for free. It's designed for bibliographies, although I want to use it for some things that are not in its original design.

The articles fit into some identified categories and some categories have not yet been identified. The identified categories are:

1) Announcements that an organization (usually a county or city) has selected a vendor for emergency notification
2) Report of the use of the emergency notification system (for example, to warn of a wild dog)
3) Announcements that an organization (usually a county or city) has renewed it contract
4) Announcements that an organization (usually a county or city) is planning to select a system for emergency notification
5) Encouragement to sign up for emergency notification

Some articles may belong in multiple categories.

I need someone to go through these and categorize the data as follows:

1) put each article in one or more categories
2) cull out some data from the articles, specifically:
- name of the vendor
- pricing information if provided
- name of all communities affected (if different from current coding)
- population of communities affected
- any other data that would be useful for marketing

We will do this project in two stages:

1) First pass (this is what you are bidding on now): Go through the existing articles (will be several hundred or more) and develop a strategy for doing this. Discuss with me and determine how to size the second pass.

2) Second pass: process all of the articles (if appropriate) based on the design determined in the First pass.

Please do not bid on this project unless:

1) Your english is excellent or better
2) You understand how to do real research
3) You can do much of the above on your own (relatively little guidance.)


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