Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Morning Becomes Electric:Post-Modern Scholarly Information Access, Organization, and Navigation

"The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent It" / Alan Kay


Scholars are facing unprecedented Information Overload in their attempts to identify potentially relevant information sources. Electronic networks have not only expedited traditional forms of publishing but created new formal and informal opportunities for communication. Conventional methods of information management are reaching the limits of their effectiveness. To enhance access to information in the coming decades, systems that fully utilize the digital nature of a growing number of scholarly resources must be implemented.
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

BBC: Future Interaction: Voice Control

The computer keyboard and TV remote control may be the ways we interact with our technology today, but new ideas are appearing all the time. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Meaning-based Search > Mimas | JISC Collections | The British Library | Autonomy

As some may beware, earlier this week I posted a query concerning Sensory Information Navigation Systems


To my pleasant surprise, I've just learned about a major initiative relating to my query >

> Meaning-based Search Unlocks Hidden Collections <

Together with our partners at JISC Collections, the British Library and Autonomy, we’re developing ground-breaking services that use meaning-based search to unlock significant research material, including previously inaccessible digitised editions of more than 65,000 books from the British Library’s 19th century collection.


A meaning-based approach to search and discovery

Our challenge has always been to develop a more meaningful search experience, and through our ongoing partnership with Autonomy, we’re deploying IDOL technology to give researchers new ways of discovering related materials that traditional keyword searching wouldn't find. With JISC Historic Books, Autonomy IDOL forms an understanding of the unstructured historical documents and begins to recognize relationships between the information. What this means is that, rather than searching simply by a specific keyword or phrase that could have a number of definitions or interpretations, our interface aims to understand relationships between documents and information and recognize the meaning behind the search query. Moving beyond standard keyword searching to meaning-based searching will give our users results that are based on context and allow linking to other pertinent documents.

Here’s what this approach makes possible:
  • Cluster search results around related conceptual themes
  • Full-text indexing of documents and associated materials
  • Text-mining of full-text documents
  • Dynamic clustering and serendipitous browsing
  • Visualisation approaches to search results
This approach offers significant opportunities for researchers. As well as users being able to semantically search across a vast range of archives and manuscripts, image collections and digitised books, the conceptual clustering capability of text, video and speech provided by Autonomy IDOL means intelligent tools can be developed to support qualitative analysis on a large scale.


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sensory Information Navigation Systems Blog Launched


Beginning in the mid-1990s, I became obsessed [:-)] with a variety of Sensory Information Navigation Systems (SINS)[:-)] >

Of note are:

The Big Picture(sm): Visual Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases

The Magic Touch(sm): Haptic Interaction in Web and non-Web Databases

The Next WAVe(sm): Auditory Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases

Documented ...

"As The World (Wide Web) Turns: Resources at Iowa State.” D-Lib Magazine (July/August 1998). Available at http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july98/07clips.html (23 January 2012).

Morning Becomes Electric: Post-Modern Scholarly Information Access, Organization, and Navigation. April 25,1999. Available at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/Morning.htm (23 January 2012).

“New Age Navigation: Innovative Information Interfaces for Electronic Journal.” The Serials Librarian 45,no.2 (2003): 87-123. Self-archived at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/NewAge.pdf (23 January 2012).

“New Age Navigation: Innovative E-Journal Interfaces.” Presentation delivered at Internet Librarian 2003, Monterey Convention Center, Monterey, CA, November 3, 2003. Self-archived at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/NewAgeIL.ppt (23 January 2012); Director’s Cut self-archived at: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/NewAge.ppt (23 January 2012).

Due to other obsessions [:-)], I have only been able to generally follow subsequent SIN-ful [:-)]developments and therefore I am calling on The Wisdom of The Web to re-kindle The (Old) Obsession, by eliciting / soliciting information about any current SINful activities on Any / All platforms for navigating Information Space(s) (documents , media, The Web, etc).

With the significant increases in broadband, software, and interface functionalities there should have been major advances .. but IMHO there have not been the advances one (I) would have expected [:-(]

Please post Leads as a Comment.

Thanks In Advance !