|In This Issue
|The Web's Librarian
|Told You So!
|New WF Articles
|Tool of the Month:
|XML in DB2
|MiningCo is now
to Web Farming
| Brewster Kahle
received some well- deserved recognition recently. His labor-of-love, Alexa
Internet, was sold to Amazon.com
for over $250 million, which is quite a sum for a 50-person company with under a million
in revenue and no profit. Alexa's core idea is to map the foot-tracks of people
surfing the Web as clues for finding the better resources. The deal with Amazon includes
continued support for the Internet Archive,
a nonprofit that is preserving the Web for historical research.
Over ten years ago,
Brewster invented the WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system,
pioneering Internet publishing.
| A three-day seminar on Web
Farming is offered by DCI on
the following dates:
15-17 in San Francisco
- November 10-12 in Dallas
For full details, see the online
brochure. Seminars in Rome and Brussels are planned for October.
Tool of the Month
| Inxight is offering a free file viewer
It uses their Hyperbolic Tree visualization that allows quick navigation of complex hierarchical
structures. It is a great way to try this visualization on your own local data. While
visiting their site, also try the site map, which loads a Java applet using the Hyperbolic
| In the latest Scientic American, an article explains the
logic behind the Clever Project, work conducted at the IBM Almaden Research Center. The logic is based
on an iterative algorithm that classifies web pages as hubs (pages that
link to many authorities) or authorities (pages that are linked to by
many hubs). By detecting clusters of these pages for a topic, a community
can be identified, as an aid in information searching.
| Last week Company Sleuth, a service of Infonautics, created quite a stir
over the acquisition of SkyTel by MCI WorldCom.
| Goodle, a new search service, received $25M in venture funding
from Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for
a 40% equity stake. CEO Larry Page (26 years old) and President Sergey
Brin (25) started a year ago and have 23 employees. As reported in the WSJ,
the site gets 800K visits per day, with a 50% monthly growth rate. Google emerges from a research project at Stanford
and uses an algorithm similiar to IBM's Clever Project (see below left).
| Two feature articles on Web Farming
were published this month. DM Review contained the article
"Farming Web Resources for the Data Warehouse" in their June issue. DB2 Magazine
printed the article "Web
Farming" in their summer issue.
Support in DB2
| As real progress in XML
adoption, IBM is enhancing the text extender in the new DB2 UDB Version 6.1 to
handle XML and other structured text. SQL searches can be limited to sections and even
nested sections within an XML document. DB2 includes an XML parser so that XML documents
can populate DB2 tables and DB2 tables can generate XML tagged documents. Entering beta,
the new text extender will push XML support into the heart of the engine.
is now About.com
| In May, MiningCo.com
changed their name to About.com. The
site is noted for their expert guides on 650 topics, along with supporting discussion