Entries from September 2008

Knol vs. Wikipedia: A Follow-Up

September 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

Like most of the blogosphere, I greeted the debut of Google’s Knol in July with deep skepticism. Perhaps two months is too soon to judge their endeavor, even in internet time, but I’m inclined to agree with Farhad Manjoo at Slate that Knol will never be as good as Wikipedia. I maintain, as does Udi […]

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Why Google Isn’t Enough

September 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

For those of you interested in the subject of enterprise search, check out this article on Forbes.com by Dan Woods entitled Why Google Isn’t Enough. The article explores “what ‘enterprise search’ means and why it is a complicated challenge that is becoming increasingly urgent for most companies to solve.” It uses examples like the ESPN […]

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Enterprise Search on Wikipedia: An Entry in Need of Attention

September 20th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

It’s been a while since we rallied as a community to improve the state of information retrieval entries on Wikipedia. There are 86 entries in Category:Information Retrieval, and a number of these could use some help. But the one that strikes me as most in need of attention is the Enterprise search entry. What is […]

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Classifying Posts into Categories

September 20th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve started classifying posts into four broad categories: General: General posts, typically analyzing HCIR issues. Community: Outreach out to the broader community, e.g., cleaning up Wikipedia. Noise: Discussion of The Noisy Channel, or about my personal whereabouts. Quick Bites: Brief notes about cool finds from the blogosphere or elsewhere on the web. Please let me […]

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Yahoo the Platform

September 19th, 2008 · Comments Off on Yahoo the Platform · Uncategorized

The other day, there was a conversation in a comment thread about Yahoo BOSS. Today, I noticed this article on Mashable entitled “The Future is Yahoo the Platform“. It mentions BOSS, but what caught my eye was the Yahoo! Query Language (YQL). Skimming the documentation, I had the impression that it might allow functionality that […]

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Event Processing Meets Text

September 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Thanks to Curt Monash for calling attention to an article by Seth Grimes about a presentation that Richard Brown of Thomson Reuters made at Gartner’s Event Processing Summit. Brown’s talk was about the Reuters NewsScope Sentiment Engine, which “processes a stream of Reuters English language news items, producing sentiment data for a list of customer […]

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David Bowie on Techmeme!

September 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on David Bowie on Techmeme! · Uncategorized

Well, not quite, but here’s the screen shot: “Notice anything different” indeed! Nice follow-up on the information accountability theme. Clicking through to the post on the Joost blog reveals the source of confusion: a quote at the top of the article. “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” – David Bowie

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Powerset’s First Live Search Projects

September 18th, 2008 · Comments Off on Powerset’s First Live Search Projects · Uncategorized

Just say that the Powerset Blog is announcing Powerset’s first Live Search projects. I’ve been a Powerset skeptic from even before I participated in their beta test, and I confess that I still don’t see the value proposition. If anyone reading this does see it, please help me understand.

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Welcome to the New Noisy Channel!

September 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

If you’ve made it this far, then the migration is a success. Please stay tuned for continuous improvements. Better yet, feel free to suggest your own!

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Migrating Tonight!

September 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Migrating Tonight! · Uncategorized

At long last, this blog will migrate over to a hosted WordPress platform at http://thenoisychannel.com/. Thanks to Andy Milk (and to Endeca for lending me his services) and especially to Noisy Channel regular David Fauth for making this promised migration a reality! As of midnight EST, please visit the new site. My goal is to […]

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