Continuing on my ever-present interest in how to best use the internet to increase understanding and gain knowledge, I have been investigating various tools whilst on holidays. I will write some posts over the next week or so about PopGist (a search engine which interrogates traditional search feeds; major blogs; and discussion threads), WideExplorer (a way to view, search and rationalize the way the web is explored, visiting multiple websites simultaneously and horizontally), Scour (a social search engine aggregator that allows users to vote and rank search results using their own criteria) and StumbleUpon (effectively a social bookmarking site).
A lot has been discussed about Web 2.0 and social media. There are many new search tools coming on-line all the time. Traditional search engines still have much going for them and they can yield powerful search results and can be productive and valuable for the searcher. The success of the new generation search media is phenomenal and still evolving. There are many innovative and intuitive search engines starting to become very mainstream. Whilst I like some of these very much, they depend on the participation of the users and they can be more susceptible to spammers and the malicious as well.
It is called ”True knowledge” and it is attempting to ”represent the world’s knowledge in a form that is clear and accessible to humans, as well as being comprehensible to computers“. It can, therefore, answer questions that are new to it and combine knowledge to provide answers that it has not used before. This is a Beta development site. I have signed up for a few Beta developments and have had a great experience using some of the visual (beta) search engines Searchme and Viewzi. I love the way I can see things developing as I am using these tools. It is exciting to see solutions being applied to any problems that might arise and how they respond to constructive criticism and comments.
The “true knowledge” site provides screenshots to help users to understand how they will ask questions that the computer can interpret. There is also a video youcan watch and a blog that tells you more about the people at true knowledge and what they are doing. All very new but certainly worth watching.