New Age Digital Culture

Arun Katiyar (CEO of Seraja, in which I have an investment) writes:

Capturing events is becoming simpler every day. Today, digital cameras and MP3 recorders, web cams and mobiles, have become so pervasive that practically anything we want captured, can be documented. Kids have begun to use these devices as if they were born with it.

The problem is exactly this: what does one do with the vast amount of unstructured data being thrown up by digital recording devices and sensors that all of us own?

Essentially, what we are looking at is this: People are willing contributors of knowledge and their time. They need a simple system that helps them contribute when they want, from where they want and how much they want. And, more critically, if they need to stay anonymous, that need must be respected.

Mobiles and the Internet are making this possible. There are a number of event entry mechanisms which are coming up that help make sense of the unstructured data that digital devices capture.

Jimmy Wales on Search Wiki

SearchEngineLand has an interview with Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales on the new search engine he is planning to launch:

There are a lot of things that we’ve learned in the wiki world on how to get communities involved and engaged to build trusted networks in communities.

A lot of the people who have tried to do this in the past have stumbled not on technical issues but on community issues … dmoz [The Open Directory] was too closed … that was their response because of the pressure of spammers … others have thought in terms of ranking algorithms. That’s not the right approach. The right approach allows for open dialog and debate and discussion.

If I had to speculate about it, I would say it’s several of those things, not just community involved with rating URLs but also community rating for whole web sites, what to include or not to include and also the whole algorithm … That’s a human type process that we can empower people to guide the spider.