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A {better} way to read Wikipedia August 1, 2008

Posted by tomography in search engine, web 2.0.
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Since its launch on the 15th of January 2001, Wikipedia has been by far the best example for Web 2.0 at work. With over 10 million articles in 253 languages, it is the largest, free, volunteer written encyclopedia in the world. Even though it is a great collection of information, it does not quite have a decent search engine, so sometimes it just a little bit too difficult to find the answers to our questions. The answers are there, but finding them has been difficult. Up to now, that is.

Meet PowerSet; a clever search engine designed especially for making your Wikipedia experience more pleasant. With PowerSearch you may find the exact, short answers to your questions such as: “Who invented the periodic table?” or “What is PET/CT?” and so on. Here is this latter example:

This is exact, isn’t it? And if you open the whole article and click on “Explore Factz” on the top left hand corner, you will get a word cloud similar to a blog’s word cloud with which you can get another step closer to finding your answer. If you click on a word in the word cloud, it will be highlighed in the “Article Outline” where words appear within their own context giving you a better idea where your answer lies. The “Article Outline” follows you as you scroll on the page.

Watch the demo video on PowerSet here, and make your next step towards Web 3.0!

– Andras

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