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So Microsoft takes from the whole wikipedia anyone-can-edit encyclopedia, the subset idea of making it easier to suggest changes to specific encyclopedia articles.
Wikipedia depends on people making "free" edits--contributing for the greater good. Would these same kind souls contribute, if they know it will go through a moderator--an expert?"
Anonymous Patron writes "10 things every CIO should know about managing electronic records is a list from SearchCIO.com. Though the list is obviously aimed at business CIOs, it's interesting and could be applied at libraries as well.They say without question, information management is a high stakes game. The paper trail is now digital, and its first stop is the CIO's office. Managing e-records risk pro-actively makes sense for business entities and the CIOs who routinely lead people, processes and technology in strategic enterprise efforts."
Really Neat Look at some cool projects at IBM. IBM will soon experiment with folksonomy. They are motivated by a need to maintain the pace of updates to how information is organized in their intranet and a need to help users access their system.
The scale of this intranet is remarkable. It serves 315,000 IBM employees worldwide in multiple languages with personalization by business role and interest among other facets. Even more remarkably, they have used a controlled taxonomy, one version of which contains 3700 nodes, to organize the information in this intranet. You can view the PPT slides Here.
We'll be running an interview with Sarah N Goldman the Lead, Taxonomy Management & Development soon!
Cavan writes "In Britain you can text any question from your mobile to AQA (Any Questions Answered) and it will be answered within 10 minutes for one pound (US$1.93). The system relies on a team of handpicked part-time researchers, supported by a database of previously answered questions. "The Independent" newspaper for March 17th, 2005, reports that the system, which has been oprerating night and day for ten months, answers 2,000 questions daily. Replies are limited to 153 characters.http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_techno logy/story.jsp?story=620741"
An Anonymous Patron writes "Despite thousands of e-mails a day, technology analyst Bill Thompson says he is nowhere near his "information overload" limit. See This BBC Report For More"
He says So far he's have not been tempted to upload it all into Google's gmail and make it a fully indexed and searchable archive, or get one of the third party mail indexing tools.
Pete writes "This essay http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/21/forgetting _digital_memories/from The Register asks whether we ought to give pause before rushing headlong into the "digital revolution.""Hardly any of the potential consequences of our move to digital products and services are given a moment's thought. Instead, we're encouraged to greet each new launch with enthusiasm, by a popular press which itself is as about as critical of digital products as a child is of Father Christmas. As long as the gifts keep coming, why should one question either the mechanics or the economics behind them?But one of the more awkward questions is what happens to "Our Stuff", once we trust it to the digital void.""
kmhess writes "On Jon Udell's blog, I found this story about how desktop search has been under our nose for years, but for some reason Microsoft 'broke' it and that's why the little doggie never finds anything.
Key info for me:"...even when the Windows indexer is enabled, a search won't use it unless you prefix the search term with an exclamation point."
search-engines-web.com sent along Seeking Better Web Searches from Scientific American. New search engines are improving the quality of results by delving deeper into the storehouse of materials available online, by sorting and presenting those results better, and by tracking your long-term interests so that they can refine their handling of new information requests. In the future, search engines will broaden content horizons as well, doing more than simply processing keyword queries typed into a text box. They will be able to automatically take into account your location--letting your wireless PDA, for instance, pinpoint the nearest restaurant when you are traveling. New systems will also find just the right picture faster by matching your sketches to similar shapes. They will even be able to name that half-remembered tune if you hum a few bars.
So what will this do to the SEO folks?
TechWeb and CCNews report "Microsoft and the Smithsonian said Tuesday that they'd struck a deal where the national museum's Folkways Recordings -- a catalog of some 35,000 historic songs and speeches -- will be available for sale and downloading from the MSN Music online store.The new Smithsonian section of MSN Music offers up tunes from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Big Bill Broonzy, and non-musical tracks from such luminaries as Martin Luther King, Jr. and FDR."