The Open Directory: A Short Critique
The collaborative Web space for finding information on the Semantic Web, as part of MIT 026B: Introduction to Information Retrieval, Winter 2005.
I liked the Visual Thesaurus the best.
Why? It goes beyond a typical thesaurus, say in Word, and gives you a wider explanation of the use of the other words. It would be quite handy when composing any kind of prose when you just can't think of the right word to use!
Mooter was my least favorite. Mostly because I couldn't retrieve any information on the first three web pages I tried. A tool's only useful if it's useful.
The Open Directory
The advantage here was that actual people are screening what goes into the Open Directory. If you do a search for something here, you're likely to find concise results. The problem, however, is that in its limited fashion, the site seems to be over-loaded quite easily. "Try Again Later" appeared when I did a search for the Semantic Web. Google, at least, has enough power behind it not to run into the same problems.
3. The Open directory has a few more advantages then the Google site. For one thing, it pre-groups it into categories, e.g. the Semantic Web. This allows clearer organization for others to choose which specific categories would suit what they’re searching for the most. It also powers the core directory services for the Web's largest and most popular search engines, comprising of Netscape Search, AOL Search, Google, Lycos, HotBot, DirectHit, and others. However, because it is pre-grouped and the most relevant sites appear first, sometimes it may eliminate sites that they may find relevant, even though it may be extremely relevant to the user. Another advantage is that people may become editors themselves on the Open Directory, allowing more freedom of speech and less limited content. However, one disadvantage is probably that you cannot directly search images like you can on google.
The following images, audio and visual files were found to be appropriate for someone interested in Current Web Culture;
Title: Wired News: Interview with Tim Berner-Lee
This website contains an audio/video interview with Tim Berners- Lee. It is in both MP3 and Quicktime format. The website gives several different audio/video options to choose from, where Tim Berners-Lee is interviewed. It includes such interviews as His outlook on the World wide web as well as the importance of open standards. I think it would be very useful and efficient because Berners-Lee is the inventor/creator and as such the information is useful and viable.
Title: Christopher Lydon Interview with Dave Weinberger "The Bubble Never Popped"
This particular interview done by Christopher Lydon has three different audioparts that have different time limits. The interview speaks alot about Berners-Lee and his experience with blogging and the World wide web. I think it is an efficient and well documented interview that would provide its users with useful and correct information.
Title: Semantic Web, Phase 2: Developments and Deployment by Eric Miller
This link provides a Powerpoint slide show on The Semantic Web by Eric Miller. The user has the option to view the topics in different formatts. Eric Miller explores many different aspects of the Semantic Web, he has overviews as well as different objectives with regards to the topic.
The following websites are useful for someone who is searching for The cultural impact of the world wide web:
Title:The Art of in the Internet: The impact of the World Wide Web on Global Culture Author: Niranjan Rajah (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Malaysia)
This article is useful as it looks at postmodern culture and how it is rapidly becoming a part of the everyday sensibilites of the world wide web. I think this would be useful instudying the cultural impact of the world wide web, because it gives a goodexplanation of different cultures and how it has affected the internet and itsusers. It also takes a look into the Asian and Malaysian impact on the WorldWide Web.
The following was found to be useful when searching for The Political Impact of the World Wide Web:
Title: [Liberal Times] Political Impact of the Internet (1)
Author: Ronald Meinardus
This website looks at the Political aspect of the advancement of the world wide web. It is excellent in expressing its concern of the development, and Meinardus uses this aspect of political concern in South Korea to nicely formulate his view on the topic. The link also contains information ranging from earliest days of development, which is a key aspect in research Political Impact of the Web.
The following was found to be useful when searching for The Future of the World Wide Web:
Title: The World Wide Web: Past, Present and Future
This website is very useful, it is by Tim Berners-Lee and gives a good explanation of all the stages of development of the World Wide Web. he provides images which go along with the explanation, making it easier for the reader to understand the concepts he attempts to impart.
By: Michelle Moses