list.it project launched on Google Code

We just completed the first phase of moving list.it to being its own independent open source project by moving the codebase to a project called “list-it” on Google Code.   The entire team has switched over to using this repository for our main development, and so you will see our changes as they happen.  (We have [...]

Youtube is (one part of) the next Google

(Cross posted on my blog) This article in the NYT, inspired in part by This blog post by Alex Iskold made me think about the future of search. Both pieces speak for a growing group of children that increasingly depend on video, not text, for their information consumption.  Neither piece cites studies for this, but [...]

Study on note-taking nominated at CHI2009

We are very happy that our paper on a study of our note-taking tool, list.it, which we conducted in September 2008 has received a nomination for best note at CHI 2009! My co-investigators Michael Bernstein, Greg Vargas and Katrina Panovich and advisors David Karger and mc schraefel and I are very pleased at this nomination, [...]

Building a content management system just by drawing the web forms

This is a nice talk by Kian Win Ong of UCSD called “Do It Yourself custom forms-driven workflow applications.”   They’re looking at all the work people invest building special purpose content management systems that really offer users little more than “CRUD” (create, read, update delete) interactins for certain specialized kinds of content. The basic approach [...]

A Case for a Collaborative Query Management System

This is a CIDR presentation by Nodira Khoussainova of University of Washington arguing for a collaborative repository of complex SQL database queries.  Sounds like they want co-scripter for SQL. There’s a problem of hunting through all the queries to find the one you want.  They want effective search and browsing, and also assistance in composing [...]

The Role of Schema Matching in Large Enterprises

A CIDR presentation by Ken Smith from Mitre on the use of the “match” operation that pairs properties of two different schema.  It’s used to merge data from two different sources.  He’s arguing that there are tons of uses of schema matching that precede the actually merging of data. When you are trying to decide [...]

Interactive Data integration through Smart Copy and Paste

Zachary Ives presented at CIDR about combining data from a large number of sources.  Generally the DB community thinks of this as a hard problem for sophisticated data integration professionals.  But what about, e.g. combining data for an emergency management effort—need for speed a scientist gathering data from many bio portals for data relating to [...]

Courserank: a socially-networked course selection system for Stanford

Georgia Koutrika et al. from Stanford built a system called “Courserank”—a place to evaluate courses.   It has been used by 98% of freshman at Stanford.  In addition to just picking courses, it offers a number of interesting social features.  It’s planner page lets students enter their entire plan for all years in school, classes and [...]

voyagers and voyeurs—supporting social data analysis

I’m at the 2009 Conference on Innovative Database Research, an interesting workshop that tries to fit its name by taking work that’s a little too “innovative” for the regular database conferences. The opening plenary talk is by Jefffrey Heer (built the flare UI toolkit, now a professor at Stanford) on how data analysis can be [...]