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  • Shareumentarian 3:50 pm on January 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Markup Languages, , Neemee, , thinking, thought   

    Curiosity Evoked 

    The thoughts flowing through Neemee are enticing as individual calcifications of one’s journey through the web.  As enticing as they are, even exciting, there is always the question of where they came from.  The sources are there for sure but that’s not the origin I’m talking about. The curiosity evoked is not so much the original location of the thought but the origin of thought behind the thought; what was the thinking.  It’s impossible to get that perspective without some juxtaposition, without some counterpoint, without some connection.

    Neemee Collections begin to do that, collect multiple thoughts with some intended purpose, but ultimately the connections are implied rather than explicit.  To bring clarity to the multiple channels of thinking going on inside Neemee, rather in-depth thinking I might add, connections need to be made, visual connections.  The classification of thoughts within Neemee, the Ontological organization, occurs at the level of tags initially (tags have a greater purpose than mere identification) but through the convergence of the Ontological tags (Life categories, Maslow categories, Wave names) thoughts begin to cluster around common concepts: Technology, or Belonging, or Pop Up Lifestyle, or all three of these together.  It is this clustering of concepts that begins to create neighborhoods of conceptual meaning within Neemee.  Given the three Ontological tags, any thought can be grouped with all of the other similarly tagged thoughts.  This is at the neighborhood or conceptual level, now let’s look at the street and address

    The folksonomy tags, the words applied to a thought to define it, begin to zero in on the street and address of a Neemee thought. These folksomic tags:  tv, television, mobile, cell phone, verizon, mp3, gps, networks, att, broadcast, cellular carrier, qualcomm from the thought “Broadcasts to mobile devices to start in 22 cities” define the neighbors and inhabitants of the thought, but beyond that you have no idea where you are in the metropolis of Neemee meaning.  As neighbors do, the folksomic tags reach out to touch each other.  Clicking on “att” will bring you to all the other thoughts similarly tagged.  A complex web indeed, but to bring the meaning of all this together though, we need a way to visualize their connections.  This brings me to the outside reference of this blog post.

    Yusef Hassan Montero and Víctor Herrero Solana of the University of Granada, Spain have posted a visualization of delicious.com bookmarks that gives a tangible, and clickable, map of related posts.  I’m just going to give the link and let you check it out for yourself.  Once you’ve experienced it, I feel confident that you’ll see the value and power of participating in Neemee’s Folktology (Ontology+Folksonomy): Visualizing Social Indexing Semantics.

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    • nobboble 5:15 am on January 11, 2009 Permalink

      stuat…this is good stuff and needs to be on the neemee site… i’m passing it along to leslie and caitlin to set up….with the formal heading of you as the director of ontology… let’s get publishing…

  • Shareumentarian 8:52 pm on January 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Zemanta: Collaborative Thought Through Borrowed Relevance 

    Image representing Zemanta as depicted in Crun...
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    Does that make sense to you? It’s a question we ask those we communicate with all the time. Children ask it because parents are the most illogical people above three feet tall, your co-workers ask it because they don’t want to be the only ones carrying the ball, innovators ask it (or at least they should) because if laymen can’t make sense of their innovations then implementation becomes an issue. In light of all that, making sense of something is the primary job of language itself. In the face of Mass Collaboration, language is strained to do its most delicate job of describing nuance; in fact, it does its best just to keep up with broad generalities at such a massive scale as, say, all of the blogs in the Blogosphere.

    Enter the Semantic Web and the myriad of tools that have sprung up to help language do its job, in this case, Zemanta.  In their words:

    “We analyze your post through our proprietary natural language processing and semantic algorithms, and statistically compare its contextual framework to our preindexed database of content.

    We are using a combination of machine learning techniques and end-user input from our widget users, that enables us to train the engine and constantly improve the recommendations.”

    Zemanta distills meaning from language on the Web using multiple methodologies that can be grouped in two basic categories: HI (Human Intelligence) and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Their Natural Language Search and Semantic Algorithms digitally identify common terms and assign them to their appropriate groups such as Names, Places, Companies, Date, Actions, and Emotions. Zemanta has another source of collaborative input that is constantly updated and more flexible than pre-classified language terms or mathematical algorithms.

    Zemanta has, quite smartly, joined the world of user widgets and proliferated their Semantic integration technology around the web. From millions of bloggers using Zemanta’s Semantic technology to identify tags, images, and related links for their posts, Zemanta receives a truly Crowd Sourced bank of linked Web connections. There is an API for web developers to integrate into their site as well.

    “Zemanta fully supports the Linking Open Data initiative. It is the first API that returns disambiguated entities linked to dbPedia, Freebase, MusicBrainz, and Semantic Crunchbase. The data can be returned in the standard format of Semantic web – RDF. It is an ideal gateway from unstructured web to semantic web. This represents a major step ahead for efforts to connect the Web into a semantic web of objects.”

    Neemee takes this philosophy of defining and capturing only the relevant pieces of Web pages to the world of Social Bookmarking. Not only does Neemee rely on HI to build user thoughts, a single thought can be from multiple sources on the web so the “Linking Open Data initiative” becomes further integrated and folded back onto itself. Neemee’s Drag and Drop capture device allows Humans to piece together a complete thought from all of the many voices on the Web. Combined with Semantically Integrated web sites like Zemanta, Neemee becomes a powerful tool to combine HI with all of the sophisticated AI engines sifting and sorting the web.

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    • Andraz Tori 10:40 pm on January 8, 2009 Permalink

      Thanks for sharing this interesting perspective on our technology.

      We are definitely hoping others (Naamee included) will use our API to provide even better experience to their users. Some sites like Faviki and Kakuteru are already doing that. For example you could start with few paragraphs of text and get back images that can be starting points for your thoughts.

      Have fun!
      Andraz Tori, CTO at Zemanta

    • kebadydex 3:53 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink

      Lots of of folks write about this matter but you said really true words.

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