Sunday, February 17, 2008

McSweeney's Lists

A quick selection from Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency: Lists for your amusement:

If you have a Wiki, you need Wiki Patterns: is a toolbox of patterns & anti-patterns, and a guide to the stages of wiki adoption. It's also a wiki, which means you can help build the information based on your experiences!
via FASTForward Blog

curve - one of my top 10

curve, originally uploaded by justinKnol on 6 August 2005.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


Connectbeam is a Social bookmarking and Social Networking Appliance. It provides to users a social search experience that includes the following integrated features:
  • Social Bookmarking & Tagging- leading to Information Discovery
  • Social Networking - leading to People Discovery
  • Expertise Location - leading to Communities of interest
  • Collective Intelligence - leading to most relevant search results
It also integrates with either a Google Appliance or a FAST Enterprise Search environment.

The State of Enterprise Social Software :: Personal InfoCloud

The State of Enterprise Social Software by Personal InfoCloud
The best of this bunch with the most promise is IBM at the moment. IBM is saying all the right things and their products, while not current best practices or close yet, show they have most of the right foundation and the whisperings of version 2 sound like that could be a really useful tool for enterprise. IBM is using their own tools in-house and getting a lot of feedback there from eating their own dog food.

Microsoft Sharepoint is every enterprise's darling for a few weeks. Sharepoint built on top of its existing teamware, collaboration, and workflow tools from the prior version and added easier to use interfaces. The downside for organizations is it creates mini silos of content and ideas that can benefit the whole organization. There is a lot of frustration around Sharepoint in enterprise as it is more difficult to get it to do what is desired and the silo issues are often problematic. I do like Sharepoint as it triggers business for me, with enterprises wanting to better understand and get smart on what social software in the enterprise could do for them if they get it right...

Friday, February 15, 2008


Silobreaker does a great job of showing Google News what it could be.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Semantic Extraction - Calais Web Service

According to the FAQ for Calais:
The Calais initiative seeks to help make all the worlds content more accessible, interoperable and valuable via the automated generation of rich semantic metadata, the incorporation of user defined metadata, the transportation of those metadata resources throughout the content ecosystem and the extension of it’s capabilities by user-contributed components.
The Calais initiative has three major components:
  • The Calais Web Service is the core. The Web service provides for the automated generation of rich semantic metadata in RDF format.
  • A series of sample applications to demonstrate how the web service can be utilized and serve as a starting point for other’s development activities.
  • Active support for developers that want to incorporate Calais capabilities in their applications and web sites.
The Calais initiative is sponsored by Reuters and built on ClearForest technology. Their Roadmap indicates the second release is in April:
Calais R2 is a big step forward. In addition to the functionality of R1, R2 will provide users with a persistent GUID allowing anyone with the GUID to call the Calais service and access the original metadata. For example – an RSS reader may have only a snippet of the original article but by using the Calais GUID the reader has the ability to filter, aggregate and present information based on the rich semantic content of the original document. R2.1 and R2.2 will focus on the normalization of extracted entities such as company names and the incorporation of selected industry-standard ontologies.

The second significant feature of R2 is the ability to support user-generated metadata. At the time content is submitted to Calais for processing the user has the ability to attach their own “bottom up” metadata – which will be available to all downstream consumers via the Calais GUID.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Location-based services - GyPSii

GyPSii allows users to share their real life experiences in the virtual world using mobile devices and the web. It is a social networking, search & location based suite of integrated mobile and web applications - for users to share, view & upload pictures, video, text and POI (points of interest) with a Geo-location - place and track each other in their select communities. Find people and places, points of interest, map and navigate to them all.
A record of a Life History of Events in Full Context (Video & audio clips, location(s), photos, text, shared experiences & people, etc.)

A seamless mobile & web experience built on the convergence of locations based services, social networking, mobile & web 2.0 technologies, agnostic access across devices and networks.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Google Experimental Search

Google is playing around with different options for search results presentations - see Google Experimental Search. Options include suggested keywords, a timeline view or providing some context on results.

via Peter O'Kelly mentioning Tech Review

Tuesday, February 05, 2008