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Text Ain’t Metadata

text Ain't Metadata

The headline text in that screen grab from the Seattle Times is trying really hard to be metadata and connect these two items based on shared topic coverage. Turns out, though, that the character string ‘3D’ can carry different meanings

Posted in Organization

Kickapoo Ed

Initial excitement over the Knowledge Graph seems to have calmed down somewhat. That’s probably not surprising, as the reality of the first pass on such things does tend to fall short of the promises made at announcement time. Turns out

Posted in Noise, Organization, Signal, Speculation, Weight of information

Ascendance of the factoid

Filter bubbles? Google has more to say about the Knowledge Graph and how it will finally fulfill the Star Trek promise of computers that will intently listen, perfectly understand, and obediently retrieve exactly what we want. Hell, the graph may

Posted in Context, Design, UX, Noise, Signal

It ain’t the data that was unstructured.

Photo from wallyg on Flickr under Creative Commons license So we’re told in a report on e-commerce search engines from, incredibly, May 2012. On the surface, the reporter got it wrong, as they’re wont to do when reporting outside their

Posted in Context, Organization

Brought to you by your friendly librarians

Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online.

Posted in Background

The Morselization of Information

Wavii delivers morsels of news, five words at a time Five years ago, Twitter’s critics dismissed the idea that news could be transmitted in 140 characters. Now, Adrian Aoun thinks it can be done in just five or six words.

Posted in Noise, Organization, Signal

Who will guard the guards?

Photo by rooReynolds News: Web privacy rules turn poachers into gamekeepers Views: The EU is demanding that users opt in to tracking, while the U.S. Congress seems to want people to have a relatively standard way to opt out. Either

Posted in Noise, Privacy

The Semantics of “Semantic”

News: Google gives search a refresh, the Wall Street Journal Reports. Views: Lots of these changes sound great to me, as best I can tell from a WSJ report. I’m a fan of improving relevance and I like the idea

Posted in Context, Noise, Signal

How to Pop Those Pesky Filter Bubbles

Eli Pariser gave a TED talk in March 2011 urging web users to beware online filter bubbles. It’s not a new set of concepts — personalization is rampant as an ostensibly well-intentioned strategy to help us find the useful bits

Posted in Censorship, Context, Design, UX, Privacy

Literate distractability?

Photo from MiikaS on Flickr under Creative Commons BY-SA license Reuters tells us about a Pew survey of “technology insiders, critics and students” asking what skills young people will need in 2020. The key ones are cooperative work that makes

Posted in Design, UX, Noise