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Surfin': Tying Ham Radio Together with Twine

11/13/2008

Today, the Internet has a human interface -- the design of the Internet allows people to read and interact with Web pages.

Tomorrow, the Internet may also have a computer interface -- Web pages will contain "information that is understandable by computers, so that they can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, sharing and combining information on the Web."

This vision is the "semantic web" and you can read more about it on Wikipedia (the source for the above quotation) and at Infomesh.net, among other places.

You can also check out Twine, a Web site that is "powered by semantic understanding, which means Twine gets to know you. It automatically learns about your interests and makes connections and recommendations tailored to you. The best part: The more you use Twine, the more useful it becomes."

Twine claims to be "a smarter way to track interests" and some hams are already using it to catalog their interests. After you join Twine (it's free), you can add bookmarks and files, search for things you find interesting and send what you find interesting to others. That is just the tip of the iceberg; during my short exploration of Twine, I continue to find new and interesting features that make this Web site a very useful tool for organizing data.

Thank you, Rich Holoch, KY6R, for suggesting this week's featured Web site.

Until next time, keep on surfin'!

Editor's note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, has a skid's worth of boxes full of information that needs organizing... To communicate with Stan, send him e-mail or add comments to his blog. By the way, every installment of Surfin' is indexed here, so go look it up.

Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor



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