Saturday, May 16, 2009

WolframAlpha: Google & Wikipedia combined?

DearREADERS,
This morning my NGS Conference roommate Luana Darby was talking about the newest internet search tool released today called WolframAlpha. She says CNN is reporting it's debut, and that members of the APG Association of Professional Genealogists mailing list have commented on this new search engine. (Just WHEN will my friends at APG NOT have a comment or two about something? But I digress.)

Among other things, WolframAlpha, developed by Stephen Wolfram, takes statistics in paragraph format on a web page and presents them in graph format.

Ever the diligent genea-blogger, attempting to define new things for her DearREADERS, Ol' Myrt here stumbled across an article posted early this morning titled "WolframAlpha a potential wikipedia killer" by Chris Keal in The National Business Review that further explains
"Cross Google with Wikipedia and you get the new super search tool WolframAlpha. Launching today, it had some embarrassing gaps. But when it’s on form, it’s phenomenal. It’s destined to become one of the 10 or 20 properties on the web."

Let's see what develops.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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