Monday, September 7, 2009

Ted Bergstrom's Journal Pricing Page
Google, “The Last Library,” and Millions of Metadata Mistakes :
Search giant says it's improving, and that a massive project inevitably means a percentage of errors

Friday, May 22, 2009

The press release describing the new statement on Open Access issued by the International Federation of Library Associations jointly with the International Publishers Association

WolframAlpha Service

Rick Friedman for The New York Times

Stephen Wolfram, some computer science veterans say, may have come closer to creating a question-answering computer system with his WolframAlpha service.

Mr. Wolfram’s service does not search through Web pages, and it will not help with movie times or camera shopping. Instead it computes the answers to queries using enormous collections of data the company has amassed. It can quickly spit out facts like the average body mass index of a 40-year-old male, whether the Eiffel Tower is taller than Seattle’s Space Needle, and whether it is high tide in Miami right now. WolframAlpha, which is expected to be available to the public at in the next week, is not a finished product. It is an early working version of a project that has been years in the making and will continue to evolve over years, if not decades. As such, there is much it cannot answer now.

A powerful new service that can answer a broad range of queries, has become one of the most anticipated Web products of the year. But its creator, Stephen Wolfram, wants to make something clear: Despite the online chatter comparing it to Google, his service is not intended to dethrone the king of search engines.