Archive for January, 2009


January 31, 2009 1 comment

context11A new project called ContextMiner has been created by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The tool lets anyone automate the collection of links to online videos and blogs along with their extensive metadata. Although they’re calling ContextMiner a YouTube archiving tool, it doesn’t actually download the videos off the site…yet. Instead, it extracts the embed, and the provides that to you along with other details like the number of views and what sites are linking to the video.

contect1The tool, a part of the university’s NDIIPP VidArch project, is designed to be a framework that collects, analyzes, and presents contextual information along with the data it archives. To get started with ContextMiner, you create a scheduled, repeated collection activity called a “campaign.” For each campaign, you can enter in details like description and scope, then customize how often the campaign should run (daily, weekly, monthly), among other things. If you want to collect “in-links” – the web sites on the internet linking to the video in question – that is also an option. In addition to scouring YouTube, you can configure ContextMiner to search through the web and blogs, too.


 ContextMiner displays the query results in tabled records. Each record contains hyperlinks: embedded links to YouTube videos, links to blog pages and links to related Web sites.

ContextMiner does not download and archive videos or blog pages; it only links to the Web source. The developers hope to eventually offer tools and policies for exporting and sharing videos, blog pages and metadata.

More information is available at

Categories: State-of-the-art

Dataopedia:A Metasearch Engine for Web Site Data.

January 10, 2009 1 comment

datapediaDataopedia hits all of the high points for Web metrics. Searching for a particular URL with rankings from Google Page Rank, Alexa, Compete, and Quantcast, four of the primary sources check on a regular basis. It also provides  information, one of those most basic resources that always contains nugget of interesting information.


Dataopedia launched in December 2008, is a web service that provides the most comprehensive information about websites available on the Internet.

Gathering together data from more than 50 sources, is an aggregation web service that lets its users find out all the valuable facts about any website, such as traffic, online buzz, contact information, popularity in social bookmarking services…in short, all the essential facts about every website you can come across on the internet. has been conceived as the one-stop-resource for finding website facts, and the service can be accessed via the website, the mobile site, embeddable widgets for your website, and browser add-ons. Whatever suits you best and feels more comfortable to use.

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Categories: News, Uncategorized

Oxite:Open Source Blogging Platform from Microsoft

January 10, 2009 Leave a comment

oxiteOxite is an alpha version of  open source content management system released from Microsoft. The source code for the software is available under the Microsoft Public License. While Microsoft mostly describes Oxite as a blogging platform, the Oxite team also points out that you could use it as a content management system to develop more or less any type of site. Oxite currently powers Microsoft’s own Mix Online and also uses some recycled parts from Channel 9 .

Some of the major features of the software include support for Gravatars, pingbacks, trackbacks, RSS feeds, commenting, and the MetaWebLog API (so you can use your favorite blogging client to post to your Oxite blog directly).

Categories: Open Movement

Project Gutenberg:the first producer of free electronic books (ebooks)

January 9, 2009 Leave a comment

projectgutenburg1Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.
• There are over 27,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
• A grand total of over 100,000 titles are available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources.
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Categories: Information Resources

Journal Tables of Contents Services

January 7, 2009 Leave a comment

tocs1The ticTOCs Journal Tables of Contents service makes it easy for academics, researchers, students and anyone else to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material by enabling them to find, display, store, combine and reuse thousands of journal tables of contents from multiple publishers.
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Categories: State-of-the-art