Re: [unrev-II] Online volunteering article

From: Bernard Vatant (
Date: Mon May 07 2001 - 05:10:35 PDT

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    I take the opportunity of this "on-line volunteering" thread to recall
    people of a "potential" collaborative project at:

    This project is a Topic-Map-like data base of the semantic web universe at
    large: people, projects, tools, events, concepts ... BTW I have used many
    valuable announcements on this list as a data mining source for many
    semantopic links.
    It tries to build on new concepts for complex knowledge organization through
    directories of concepts and resources, involving more refined principles
    than "one tree for all" à la dmoz. In the present state, it combines both
    multi hierachical indexing (trying to avoid the usual hierarchical
    mismatches found in most directories, where universals and individuals
    hierarchies are not clearly distinct) and topic-associations to ensure
    multidimensional navigation.

    The "potential" collaborative aspect is meaning not many collaborators have
    volunteered so far, but are welcome at any moment.

    Please feel free to send back comments or suggest links that you would like
    to see appear in it.


    Bernard Vatant
    Mondeca - "Making Sense of Content"

    ----- Message d'origine -----
    De : "Grant Bowman" <>
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    Envoyé : lundi 7 mai 2001 09:58
    Objet : [unrev-II] Online volunteering article

    > This is an article about "distributed human projects." The
    > yahoo-like directory is one of them with 34,000
    > editors participating.
    > Mind Over Matter: Online volunteers donate their brainpower for
    > interests of science
    > A few quotes:
    > "Open Mind volunteers can take part in more than 25 online activities to
    > create a sort of common-sense database, feeding information into a
    > computer based on tasks that range from the straightforward (listing
    > objects that appear in a picture) to the thoughtful (teaching the
    > computer about people's goals and desires). Eventually a computer with
    > a modicum of common sense could be used for a variety of purposes,
    > including vastly improved Web searching."
    > "These collaborations are widely viewed as the next step in
    > distributed-computing projects, which break down complex computations
    > into many smaller tasks that are then parceled out via the Net to
    > volunteers' computers. The PCs work on the tasks when idle. Such
    > projects have become quite common, attracting millions of volunteers to
    > endeavors like scanning radio-telescope signals for alien messages and
    > cracking data-encryption codes."
    > "I've estimated that something like 100 million mouse clicks have been
    > wasted on Solitaire," Stork said. "Instead of just playing a game, Web
    > volunteers could be helping science or contributing to the world's
    > largest software endeavor."
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    > -- Grant Bowman <>
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