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InfoMinder and RSS Syndication

Tue Nov 16 23:00:53 EST 2004

InfoMinder 2.0 beta now supports a feature called RSS Syndication. I will take a shot at explaining what it is and why it is a feature worth checking out.

You are used to InfoMinder sending you email alerts when the pages you track change. Starting with this new version, you can elect to receive an RSS Feed in addition to your email alert.  RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". It is an XML format for generating content. There are several tools that can take an RSS feed and display them. In fact, all the blogs use RSS for storing the blog entries. You can find out more here.

Here are some of the benefits of using RSS feeds.

1. You can share alerts with others more easily. You can give them your feed URL or syndicate it to an intranet or internet web site.

2. You can use a feed aggregator like BlogLines. This will allow you to store and search feeds. Many of these aggregators allow you to keep old entries. Using this feature, you may be able to accumulate alerts.

3. Instead of sending out emails with the changes to others, you can store these changes in an intranet site.

Setting up InfoMinder to produce RSS feeds is very simple. All you need to do is to choose Preferences and click on RSS Syndication.


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InfoMinder V2.0 beta - Blog Support

Sun Oct 31 12:04:19 EST 2004

I am writing this with the blog support included in InfoMinder V2.0 beta. Here is what I did:

1. Signed up and activated the new beta

2. Registered my blog

3. Removed the old browser plug-in and installed the new one from the site

4. Clicked on the beta news item

4. Marked the new news item in the page, right mouse clicked and chose "Blog This"

5. Changed the title and entered these 5 bullets

6. Chose Publish immediately

7. Clicked on Post.

The text below comes from the InfoMinder site.

InfoMinder v2.0 beta is released. The major features include:

  • Blog Support
  • Syndication Support
  • Change Navigator
  • More Powerful keyword filtering
  • Tracking pages multiple times a day
  • Import/Export of Minders
  • Category enhancements

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XMLSoft releases feedsfarm.com, News Search Engine, With Custom XML News feeds in RSS and Atom formats

Sat Oct 16 14:20:45 EDT 2004

XMLSoft releases News Search Engine

"The news search engine is fed by over 900 high quality news sources via XML news feeds in RSS and Atom formats. The news index is updated every 5 minutes, resulting in fresh news content.

Users are able to search the index via keywords and syndicate the RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 or Atom format news feeds to their favourite news software or to add up-to-date news headlines on their websites."

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Google SMS - Literally information at your finger tips

Fri Oct 08 09:25:31 EDT 2004

Google SMS is a handy way to, say, get a listing for a nearby restaurant, find the definition of a word, or look up the price of a product, an area code or Zip code. You can even use Google SMS to calculate a tip. If your phone is enabled for text messages, just send your query to this 5-digit US shortcode: 46645. (It corresponds to GOOGL on most phones.) Your query results are sent as text messages, not links. Learn more about using Google SMS on our help page or by sending a text message with the word 'help' to 46645.

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Wikis as Knowledge Sharing Communities

Thu Sep 30 10:31:44 EDT 2004

Finally wikis are getting some well deserved attention. Microsoft introduced an open source Wiki called FlexWiki a few days ago. And here is a TechWeb article on increasing use of Wikis as Knowledge Sharing Communities.

"Wikis are also described as online whiteboards, shared notebooks or group memory. They are forums for sharing knowledge and control -- and fostering trust in the process."


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RSS is changing the way information is being distributed

Thu Aug 26 11:00:41 EDT 2004

RSS is changing the way information is being distributed. RSS, a short form for Really Simple Syndication, is the technology behind blogs. RSS companies like Technorati are being funded.

"Over the last year or so, RSS has become one of the buzz terms most heard in blogging circles. It allows anyone to automatically receive free feeds from countless numbers of blogs and a growing number of news services." says this article from Wired News. Wired News: RSS Attracts Really Serious Money.

Blogs can be used to distribute information internally in an organization. They are being used to share knowledge (k-blogs), competitive intelligence and research information.

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Wiki - A simple tool for collaboration

Sat Aug 07 10:46:17 EDT 2004

A wiki is simple, yet powerful. You can use it for sharing information and collaborative authoring of content. A wiki is also one of the most useful ways of sharing informal knowledge among a group of people.

The name wiki is derived from wiki-wiki, a Hawaiian term to mean quick. Setting up one is easy. There are several open source packages available. You can get started easily. Here is a link to one minute wiki.

One of the best examples of a wiki is wikipedia, an open content encyclopedia with over 300,000 articles. It is authored by over 6000 active contributors all over the world.

At iMorph we use wikis a lot. We use it for collaborating on project specifications and sharing resources and links. I personally use a wiki as a learning log and a link database.

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Tracking Newspapers on the Web with InfoMinder

Thu Jul 22 00:26:31 EDT 2004

A special version of InfoMinder Professional (we provided a way to track the pages hourly) to do this experiment. More on the study here.

In its first phase, our study has recorded changes in the homepages of the top 10, the middle 10 and the bottom 10 newspapers from the list of 100 largest-circulation dailies, during a two-week period (excluding Saturdays and Sundays), between June 23 and July 4, 2003.

A special system created by iMorph Inc. was set to take a snapshot of each homepage every hour, analyze the content and send us by email those pages that were modified since the previous snapshot.

Thanks to Amy for mentioning us.

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Semantic Information Management

Fri Jul 09 12:17:39 EDT 2004

Here is MetLife on Semantic Information Management

"Understanding the business' Semantics can deliver a tomorrow where the business meaning of data is universally understood and the data may be found, used & aggregated without prior knowledge of its format.

Semantic Information Management (SIM) is the discipline of managing and integrating enterprise data based on the principle of capturing data's formal business meaning.

MetLife has chosen to do this by mapping data schemas as spokes to a business-oriented Information Model hub."

I have not heard of Semantic Information Management before. When we started iMorph, our slogan was "Enabling the Semantic Web". When we mentioned it to a few people we got blank stares. So we switched our slogan to something more understandable like "XML Solutions". Semantic Web was a concept put forward by Tim Berners Lee in his paper Semantic Web Road map in Sept 1998. Since then the semantic web activity has come a long way. There is even a W3C group for Semantic Web Activity

Applications employing some of the concepts of the Sematic Web are emerging. For example, RSS (which is the syndication and content format for this blog) is based on RDF which is the language for representing information about resources in the World Wide Web. Other applications include FOAF, Atom, Annotea and Annozilla.

What does all this mean to the Information Space? We will have a space that gets better at describing itself and more meaningful (semantically rich). This in turn will make it easy for us to discover information, organize it, view it and even distribute it.

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