WordNet

WordNet is a large lexical database of English, developed under the direction of George A. Miller. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms (synsets), each expressing a distinct concept. Synsets are interlinked by means of conceptual-semantic and lexical relations. The resulting network of meaningfully related words and concepts can be navigated with the browser.

Example

MIT Convergence Culture Consortium (C3)

MIT Convergence Culture Consortium (C3)

“The Convergence Culture Consortium (C3) explores the ways the business landscape is changing in response to the growing integration of content and brands across media platforms and the increasingly prominent roles that consumers are playing in shaping the flow of media. C3 connects researchers and thinkers from MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program with companies looking to understand new strategies for doing business in a converging media environment.”

Well, that’s pretty interesting. Kind of Industrial Liaison Program meets the marketing department.

I came across the C3 site randomly, while following some link trail from my news reader. I wound up reading this post on Grant McCraken’s blog, figured out he was at MIT and followed the trail to C3. Along the way I probably added 3 new, good reads to my news reader.

Duplicate content

I have been thinking about duplicate content with regards to a project that I’m working on that involves content affiliations, blogging, pagination & printer friendly versions of content. My working assumption so far is that Google, Yahoo!, etc. are smart enough to know when a legitimate publisher with great page rank and a strong brand are forced into situations that create duplicate content (albeit separate URLs), they don’t (or try hard not to) penalize the content.

It nice to see some confirmation about that: Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO, “Duplicate content question“.

The internet is the new radio.

Seth Godin: (from a talk he gave to the music industry)

“The internet is the new radio.
What that means is this you’ve been arguing and
hassling and yelling and pushing for 40 years to get
more air time. Now you have infinite air time. “at’s
what the internet is for you. “e internet is the ability
to get any song you want in front of the people who
want to hear it with huge reach and no barriers.”

A concise, spot-on analysis of the where the music industry came from, where it is and where it should be going. There’s a link on Seth’s blog for a PDF transcript of the talk.