links for 2009-07-02

  • This book outlines the human side of the information seeking process, and focuses on the aspects of this process that can best be supported by the user interface. See especially the chatpers on Information Visualization for Search Interfaces (10) and Information Visualization for Text Analysis (11).
  • The TimesTags service can help you build a tag set, standardize names of people and organizations, or identify subjects that are currently making news. The TimesTags service matches your query to the controlled vocabularies that fuel metadata. You supply a string of characters, and the service returns a ranked list of suggested terms.
  • The advent of file sharing has weakened copyright. Today, more than 60% of internet traffic consists of consumers sharing music, movies, books, and games. Yet file sharing has not undermined the incentives of authors to produce new works. The cannibalization of sales that is due to file sharing is more modest than many observers assume. File sharing increases the demand for complements to protected works. And monetary incentives simply play a reduced role in motivating authors to remain creative.

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