Digital Research Tools (DiRT) is a collaborative wiki that lists dozens of useful web 2.0 research tools for inquisitive people (like us!) to do our work better.
February 10, 2009
February 3, 2009
The federal government web portal USA.gov has a page dedicated to Government 2.0 resources. The Government 2.0 page links to Web 2.0 tools from USA.gov and other federal government sites. With these tools, USA.gov hopes to engage the public, improve access, and put a face on government information and resources.
Here are just a few of the Web 2.0 tools you can find:
- RSS feeds – Library of RSS feeds from across the government
- Web Chat – Live personal assistance available weekdays from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Side note: Do you find the name Goverment web 2.0 a little clunky? You’re not alone. Mashable recently asked its readers to help rename “Goverment 2.0”. Here are the results.
August 22, 2008
Dipity is an interactive timeline sharing website. Timelines can be created from scratch or by grabbing a feed (blogger, twitter, RSS).
Timeline entries can contain text, video, photos, or maps.
Viewing timelines can be tricky. The default view is a left to right scrolling view, but depending on the computer or browser you use you may or may not have a scroll bar. If you don’t have a scroll bar, you can drag the timeline, use your mouse scroll, or view full screen. Flipbook view is another option.
Dipity has also created some cool mashups. TimeTube uses your supplied word or phrase, then searches YouTube and generates a timeline based on the video creation dates. Tickr generates an interactive timeline using Flickr.
Anyone can create an account and build a timeline. Dipity also allows mulitiple editors to work on a timeline. Here is a link to one I created for the band Wilco. The timeline is also available on OregonLive.
August 14, 2008
YouTube is widely known as a place to share funny videos. It is that, and so much more.
A couple of weeks ago, an editorial writer was looking for a transcript of a recent Bloomberg show in order to verify a quote. I could not find the actual transcript in our usual places. A search on Bloomberg’s site also came up empty. I decided to turn to YouTube, this time my search worked. It may not be the most popular video on YouTube but it met the writer’s needs, and in this instance I think viewing the actual program again was better then reading a transcript.
The photo sharing site, Flickr, is another popular web 2.0 tool. In addition to being a site for users to share personal photographs, the site is widely used as a photo repository for bloggers and news outlets.
Last month Brent Hunsberger was reporting on Nike’s Hyperdunk ads. When Nike decided to withdraw their ads, W+K also removed them from their web site. There were 3 ads in all. Brent had a copy of one but needed to see the other two fast, so he asked for help. I was able to find all the ads on Flickr.
In short, it is time to start thinking of these popular web 2.0 sites as valuable information retrieval tools. You will be amazed at what you can find.
July 31, 2008
July 21, 2008
July 8, 2008
I spent some time checking out SeeqPod (as promised) – I was happy that I did. This is my new favorite site. Why? Because I love music, but more importantly because I am a news researcher and SeeqPod is a killer MP3 search engine.
Anyone who tried the music search engines from a few years ago would have been disappointed with the volume of broken links in the search results. SeeqPod doesn’t just find links, it finds playable MP3’s. I am not saying there aren’t any broken links, just that I haven’t found any. Also because the music listed is hosted on other sites the quality isn’t always perfect, but again, I have had great results so far. And, it not only finds what you are are looking for but offers suggestions based on your search. This is especially helpful if you aren’t sure of the correct spelling of an artist.
SeeqPod also succeeds in its presentation. Search results are presented in a simple search box on one side of the screen. The other side is a moving tracker of the site’s latest finds. Click the options button to embed a playlist or to find out more about the artist or song, including lyrics. Although, I had the least success with the lyric feature.
My one quip with their presentation is that I had to try too hard to find the pre-filled playlist feature. Not good for new users because the playlists are a great way for users to get a feel for the site and the quality and variety of music on it.
As with other Web 2.0 companies, SeeqPod is currently in the middle of lawsuit. Warner Music Group has sued SeeqPod (docket, PDF) over copyright infringement (complaint, PDF). Read more about this slightly unique lawsuit at the Listening Post, Bit Player, and the Electronic Freedom Frontier.
June 27, 2008
June 2, 2008
- A first look at Google Health.