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Gridworks and Needlebase

One of the big challenges of working with heterogeneous data is curating it. Below are introductions to two tools for doing do: Gridworks, developed by David Huynh, Stefano Mazzocchi, and their colleagues at Metaweb, the company behind Freebase. Needlebase, developed by Justin Boyan and colleagues at ITA Software, the company powering travel search for Kayak, Orbitz, and […]

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The Evolution of Social Search

http://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=socialsearch-nyc-semanticweb-meetup-mar2010-100327135947-phpapp02&stripped_title=the-evolution-of-social-search Earlier this week, I had the good fortune to attend the New York Semantic Web Meetup, which featured three excellent presentations. I’ll confess that I primarily attended the event in order to learn more about open data platform Factual, particularly to see how it compares to Freebase and Google Squared. But I found the […]

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Structured Search Is On The Table

Freebase. Wolfram Alpha. Google Squared. I hesitate to declare a trend, but there does seem to be a growing interest in more structured approaches to information seeking. The latest entry is Factual, launched today by Gil Elbaz. Elbaz is no slouch: in 1998, he and Adam Weissman co-founded Applied Semantics (originally known as Oingo) and […]

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HCIR 2009 Accepted Submissions

The agenda for HCIR 2009 is now online! As previously announced, Ben Shneiderman from the University of Maryland will be the keynote speaker. The accepted submissions are as follows: Panel Presentations Usefulness as the Criterion for Evaluation of Interactive Information Retrieval Michael Cole, Jingjing Liu, Nicholas Belkin, Ralf Bierig, Jacek Gwizdka, Chang Liu, Jun Zhang […]

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T2: Judgment Day for Twine?

Nova Spivack, CEO and founder of Radar Networks, just released a preview (see above) announcing Twine 2.0, a semantic search engine to be released later this year. As Erick Schonfeld points out on TechCrunch, Twine hasn’t managed to attract broad adoption. I tried it briefly when it came out, and I have to confess that […]

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Google Squared: A Great First Step

Regular readers know that I am not a Google fan boy, and that much of my commentary on Google focuses on their neglect of exploratory search. Nonetheless, when I saw the initial Youtubeware describing Google Squared a few weeks ago, my ears perked up. I decided to wait until it went live to assess it. […]

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What Should I Say About Social Search?

I’ll be at the Enterprise Search Summit in New York next week, participating on a panel Tuesday morning to discuss “Emergent Social Search Experience”. Our game plan as a panel is to discuss what social search is, why it matters, and how to implement it. Obviously these are broad questions, but here are my rough […]

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Google: News Timeline

The other day, when I was blogging about Google’s news cluster timelines, I lamented their lack of a unified approach towards visualizing news over time. Their launch of Google News Timeline thus gives mixed feelings: it’s a cool interface, but it still doesn’t unify their approach to this space. First, the good: the interface is […]

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Wolfram Alpha: First-Hand Impressions

You’d think that, after my less than flattering coverage of the Wolfram Alpha pre-launch hype, they would have blocked my IP address even after the public launch. I certainly thought so. But I was wrong. Last week, someone from their business development group contacted me to arrange a preview of the system. He spent an […]

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Freebasing

Just saw on Stefano’s Linotype that social datbase Freebase launched a version 4.0. I think Stefano does a better job marketing the redesign than the official Freebase blog. The positives he cites: reducing data agoraphobia one size does not fit all increasing relational density I really want to be excited about Freebase, especially given the cool […]