Our world is becoming increasingly complex with more information sources and ways to access content than ever before. Anyone who searches for information is required to make more decisions about searching and expected to engage with an enlarged number and variety of search systems.”Google-like” search – aka one single search box paradigm – has become pervasive in research portals. On the other hand, searchers that are skilled in using Boolean operators still prefer to use them, since this way they are able to run very detailed searches. So the question is how to reconcile these two types of search in a portal. Read further >
What is the difference between heaven and hell? There are quite a few allegories out there, including the Lithuanian “Allegory of the long spoons”, which claim that the only difference is within the attitude of the people involved. In hell, there are people who are selfish and very limited in their way of thinking; and in heaven, there are cooperative people, who care about others and can therefore create a win-win situation for all – which takes me directly to the licensing dilemma we are currently facing in the Semantic Web community. Read further >
The formulation of the right query when searching into portals is demanding from a cognitive point of view also for legal or tax professionals who are educated and accustomed to use specific terminology. Semantic technologies can support the users to alleviate their effort in reasoning about how to better express search terms to reach their goal. Read further >
We are at the dawn of an age of immersion. We can no longer ignore the fact that our reality will be perpetually augmented with data and information. Computing devices that can beam information directly into your retina are reality. Lets face it, the number of people who drive around without GPS navigation or leave the house without an internet connected smartphone are increasingly dwindling. So let us embrace and prepare to seize the opportunity to power ‘Commander Data‘. Read further >
… and jogging is significantly reducing intelligence …and information really helps our customers.
I just went through a speech, which Neil Postman held back in 1990, where he cited people from even 50 more years back in time. And I find it hard to refute his central claims, including: “Information is not part of the solution, but instead creates new sorts of problems”.
Few weeks ago a new portal for legal professionals has been published by Wolters Kluwer Italy: it is called Studio Legale and integrates solutions prototyped within our R&D department and discussed also in some of my previous posts about semantic search and technology. Read further >
For professionals consumers of tax, legal and regulatory content, I believe that both search alerts and editorially authored news are important sources of current awareness. Think of a Venn diagram in which current awareness results from search alerts appear in one circle and results from editorially created news appear in the other. There is a convergence, specifically, new content that would be identified by both search alerts and by editorially authored news. But there would also be coverage unique to each. Read further >
A bigger part of the Netherlands is located under sea level, which gives me the association of living in a submarine. But this does not imply that the Dutch are hiding from anything, quite on the contrary!
Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st. It has been my filter of the internet and a window to the world for over 8 years. It helped me focus in chaos of content on things that matter to me. I can honestly say it has made me smarter by helping me discover countless artifacts and precious information I would otherwise have never seen. Now my mission is to find a replacement and if I don’t, I will build one. Here’s what I’m looking for. Read further >
Regular readers of this blog will know that I frequently comment on the Health Level Seven International (HL7) Infobutton standard. Infobuttons are context-sensitive links from electronic health records (EHRs) to knowledge resources. Infobuttons were included in the 2014 EHR certification criteria (United States) under both clinical decision support (CDS) and patient education. Read further >