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Infinithree: Beyond the Wiki Encyclopedia

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Infinithree: Beyond the Wiki Encyclopedia

  1. 1. InfinithreeBeyond the Wiki Encyclopedia Gordon Mohr @gojomo #BiB11 October 28, 2011
  2. 2. Reference Books
  3. 3. Alexa ‘Reach’50% Google.com15% Wikipedia.org 2% IMDB.com 1% StackOverflow.com, Answers.com
  4. 4. GoogleWhat is it? • an indexHow is it made? • algorithmic digesting (collection/excerpting/ranking) • trained by engineers, QA, users • both precalculated and created-on-demandAnd the representative textual artifacts are? • medium-sized: ranked lists of links/snippets, by query • tiny: snippet excerpts, by query+URL
  5. 5. WikipediaWhat is it? • an ‘encyclopedia’How is it made? • authored summaries in common voice • tens of thousands of contributors • precomposedAnd the representative textual artifacts are? • medium-to-long: articles by topic • tiny/small: abstracts, intro sentences, tables
  6. 6. Google: Issues• Adversarial search: SEO & Content Mills The Spablum Menace• Occlusion, Dilution, Duplication
  7. 7. Wikipedia: Issues• ‘Active’ users peaked in 2007• ‘Encyclopedic’ construed to exclude Deletionism• Wearying ‘wikilawyering’• Far from the ‘green field’ it was
  8. 8. So What?
  9. 9. The Theory...
  10. 10. “There’s Plenty ofRoom at the Bottom” Richard Feynman, 1959
  11. 11. Thing Unknown ...or thunk
  12. 12. Thunk CollectionWhat is it? • disaggregated knowledgeHow is it made? • authored summaries in common voice • tens of thousands of contributors • precomposedAnd the representative textual artifacts are? • medium-sized: ranked lists of thunks • tiny: single thunks
  13. 13. ∞ thunkpediathe sum of all human knowledge... that fits
  14. 14. Future• trained & authored interrelationships• fine calibration to the reader• social reinforcements for contributors• overview editing
  15. 15. ∞ thunkpedia pre-launch discussion at http://infinithree.org launching soon at http://thunkpedia.org for updates follow @thunkpedia

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