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Friday, September 26, 2003

Tim Berners-Lee Video: Past, Present and Future of the Web

Watch Tim Berners-Lee – inventor of the Web – talk about the past, present and future of the Web (The Royal Society, this Monday, September 22).

“We got a wonderful mess of stuff to browse for people.
Wouldn’t it be cool if we had all our data represented as these binary relationships between things? Then we could write some really interesting programs to analyze it . . .
What about data . . .
I mean, Google is amazing . . . mainly because it looks at the topology of links . . . their algorithms are very interesting for looking at human-readable things . . . but what about the data?”
– Tim Berners-Lee (On the Semantic Web, and the Web in 1994), Sept 22, 2003

More Google Tools

Here’s some Google, Google-Web-API, and Google-like tools for you to try:

Moviebot Queries IMDB via Google, adds Amazon

I updated the Moviebot. It now tries to add a tagline and plot outline.
All that needs to be done is to replace blanks with dashes, remove a possible “the” at the beginning, query the Google Web API for the page via e.g. ...


... choose the first result, grab that URL dynamically, and get the text between certain markers.
(It would be even nicer if we could have an IMDB Web API. It could be yet another great SOAP Web Service.)

Also, this new version will grab Amazon results based on your input. (A while ago I posted on how to combine Google and Amazon search results.)
In the meantime, I hear that “when Web surfers use Google to search on the name ’Udi Manber,’ who is president of Amazon’s newly formed search unit,, they’ll find the first result is an ad for jobs at Google” (Stefanie Olsen, CNET, Google, Amazon in a war of search words, September 26, 2003).


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