April 2009 Archives

Public Data

Google now makes it easier to find and compare public data. It's yet another example that shows how search can extend beyond finding into understanding.

Google Public Data

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Viral Video

The Library of Congress recently began uploading videos to their very own YouTube Channel including the first moving image ever made.

It's exciting to see the Library using multiple channels including iTunes, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, and a blog to share and spotlight its amazing collections.

Strange Connections

Have you ever noticed the search, discover, and share options that YouTube provides at the conclusion of embedded videos?

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Gone Fishin'

We're headed to Sanibel Island to warm our frostbitten fingers and toes.

Sanibel Island

But it won't be all play. We'll be refining our seashell discovery algorithms.

Strange Connections

I'm also collecting examples (e.g., Newssift, Elastic Lists, Crimespotting) of scented widgets and sparklines in search. What are your favorites? Thanks!

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FestiFools

It's been an unusually long, cold winter in Michigan. That's why I'm excited by this weekend's insanely creative, colorful, participatory, fun, foolish celebration.

FestiFools

FestiFools is a reminder that Ann Arbor is a wonderful place to live, especially now that spring has sprung. And, on a topic of deep relevance to readers of this blog, it's great to see that my favorite photographer has finally found Waldo.

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Architecture for the Information Age

Yesterday, at IUE 2009, Dan Klyn gave a talk called Now That I See It. I really wish I'd been there. It takes a bit of work to recreate the experience, pulling together the slides and the notes and the tweets, but it's absolutely worth it.

As an extra bonus, Dan has posted a short excerpt from his interview with Richard Saul Wurman. I found it surprisingly refreshing and inspiring.

Strange Connections

What do Niccolò Machiavelli and Mother Teresa have in common? They'd both be proud of John Rhodes for writing this book.

I'm collecting even more search patterns. A great new example is Newssift (thanks Endeca!) which features entity extraction, sentiment analysis, and semantic expansion. Please keep the examples and patterns coming. Thanks!

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