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the database of intentions 09.16.2005, 11:16 AM
Interesting edition of Open Source last week on "Google Sociology" with David Weinberger and John Battelle, author of the just-published "The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture". Listen here.
Weinberger has some interesting things to say about Google (and the other search engines) as "publishers." I have some thoughts on that too. More to come later.
Battelle has done a great deal of thinking on search from a variety of angles: the technology of search, the economics of search, and the more esoteric dimensions of a "search" culture. He touches briefly on this last point, laying out a construct that is probably treated more extensively in his book: the "database of intentions." By this he means the archive, or "artifact," of the world's search queries. A picture of the collective consciousness formed by the questions everyone is asking. Even now, when logged in to Google, a history of all your search query strings is kept - your own database of intentions. The potential value of this database is still being determined, but obvious uses are targeted advertising, and more relevant search results based on analysis of search histories.
As regards the collective database of intentions, Battelle speculates that future advances in artificial intelligence will likely draw on this enormous crop of information about how humans think and seek.
Posted by ben vershbow at 11:16 AM
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recommended podcast: "information as news" 09.08.2005, 5:57 PM
Katrina blew through the news business just as furiously as it tore through the Gulf Coast. For a good discussion of this, I highly recommend last night's podcast of Open Source, a great new program on public radio that is of, by and through the web, generating story ideas and discussion on its blog. The show operates in an exciting border zone, dealing with general interest stories while always keeping an eye on the changing communication practices that are affecting/chanelling them. Last night's show - "Craigslist and Nola.com: Information as News" - deals with citizen coverage of Katrina and the big changes underfoot for professional journalism.
Host Christopher Lydon speaks, with the breathless excitement of a man watching his profession change before his eyes, about "changing terms of authority in the news business" after Hurricane Katrina. He has on as guests Craig Newmark of craigslist (New Orleans site), nola.com editor Jon Donley, and media critic/blogger/citizen journalism guru Jeff Jarvis. From the intro:
The best reporting in the world -- no hyperbole, the best reporting in the world -- this week came from the web division of the New Orleans Times Picayune, nola.com. Information -- missing person reports, safe and alive person reports -- became news. And it became a source, even, for rescue teams, more accurate than anything else they had to go on.
Craigslist, after Katrina, became a forum for finding the missing and housing the saved, and what you find on Craigslist are stories as compelling as anything on CNN. Maybe what communities want in a time of crisis is good information, and maybe detailed, accurate information makes the best story. Craig and Jeff helped invent two new ways of collecting and distributing information; Jon is perfecting it right now in the Crescent City.
Posted by ben vershbow at 05:57 PM
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