[xmca] Fwd: [Air-L] Twine: The Semantic Web is Here!

From: Mike Cole <lchcmike who-is-at gmail.com>
Date: Sun Feb 03 2008 - 12:45:24 PST

The recent spate of notes on gaming/play and sociality makes the web page
noted below seem of rather general interest.

Even before seeing this note, it struck me that a special issue of MCA on
gaming with some theoretical clout to
it would be very interesting.


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From: Gerry Mckiernan <gerrymck@iastate.edu>
Date: Sun, Feb 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM
Subject: [Air-L] Twine: The Semantic Web is Here!
To: onlinesocialnetworks@iastate.edu, air-l@listserv.aoir.org



Our Facebook Friend Sarah Miller, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan
University in Bloomington is interviewed in the Feb 3 2008 NYTimes
about Twine "a revolutionary new way to share, organize, and find
information" [ http://www.twine.com/ ].


NYTimes |February 3, 2008 | Novelties

An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots
HOW often have you wasted time searching through page after page of
e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds and YouTube videos on your
computer, trying to find an important item?

If the answer is *too often,* a San Francisco company, Radar
Networks, is testing a free, Web-based application, called Twine, that
may provide some robotic secretarial help in organizing and retrieving

Twine (twine.com) can scan almost any electronic document for the names
of people, places, businesses and many other entities that its
algorithms recognize.

Then it does something unusual: it automatically tags or marks all of
these items in orange and transfers them to an index on the right side
of the screen. This index grows with every document you view, as the
program adds subjects that it can recognize or infer from their context.

Customers have individual accounts on Twine*s Web site, where they
save URLs or other information. They can make their collections, or
*twines,* private, share them in groups with other members having
common interests like politics or fashion, or even make the twines


Twine is based on technologies created for the developing semantic Web
- foreseen as a smarter Web where machines may someday be able to
process the meaning of words and phrases in documents and even routinely
answer direct questions.

Sarah Miller, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in
Bloomington, became a member of Twine*s test group in November, partly
because she and her husband, Ethan, a doctoral candidate, needed a place
to organize all the documents they wanted to share with each other about
teaching and learning.

For More Of The Story (and Photos) ... Visit



Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011


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