It is really a simple idea and must be easy to do. It may even exist. Otherwise, I would like to get it built during one of the product sprints.
I was reading a bunch of articles on Technology Review and started noticing terms, I have not heard before. Terms like ‘flow cyclometry’, ‘bio base’, ‘biomaterials’, ‘life sensors’. It may be because, I don’t know much about Bioinformatics, Computational Bio-Science and other related fields. Anyway, I was wondering whether there is a way to mark these terms and have a bot research them and create a summary/research page to read.
What is it?
Let us give it a name – Look Into It. It is a browser extension that does the following:
- You click on a keyword or phrase and choose to research it
- These terms are stored in a database (somewhere in the cloud, preferably)
- A bot looks at this list, does some magic (which I can explain later in another blog post), gathers information and creates a page. It can add a link to this page in my reading list.
- I can read the info (and this may trigger more terms to research) and if I like to keep it, just save it (into my personal knowledge base).
- Besides curious cats like me, students and other types of learners may be able to use it as well
- Over a period of time, you build yourself a nice reading list and knowledge base. You may choose to publish all of it or selective bundles of topics.
Like many other ideas, this goes into a queue and a cooling period. If someone expresses interest, I can bring it back to life and discuss some implementation details. It did help me to get a couple of cool domain names!
Very nice idea and would be invaluable tool for learning & discovering new technologies/concepts. Dhiti.com came to my mind as I was thinking about this. Given a set of pages, Dhiti groups them into concepts and provides a concept based navigation, with the concepts tied to Ontology based on WikiPedia.
If Dhiti.com had APIs, I would implement this on top of them and leverage the curated links in every Wikipedia concept page to go and get related content and summarize.
Thanks Ramesh. We should brainstorm a bit about this. I can turn this over to one of the interns.