About this Blogsphere:

This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

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November 20, 2006

Visual Search Plus

New E-Commerce Search Engine Ditches the Text, November 10, 2006 7:55AM

Like.com uses face recognition technology; it looks inside a photo and creates a digital signature that describes the photo's content and enables a more accurate search for similar looking items.

Now you can search images... i.e., information visualzation re-vitalized by a Web 2.0's team of Indian Guru: Munjal Shah @ Like.com [PS. riya -- Arabic word for hypocrisy, or ostentation or show-off in a egoistic sense; the following is not that riya, rather this is all-ado-about best practices]

What others say:
"AI is also being used at Riya to find photos by matching on characteristics - density, patterns, colours" says Gwen

"Like.com is from the creators of Riya.com,which in short, is a photo sharing storage system with some smart AI(artificail intelligence). You dump in a thousand plus images in, tag a few, and riya starts to recognize images of people, puts them in groups, and automatically tags them over time. Riya recognizes colors, images, text, faces, and much more. The more people that do this and share their images, the better. Imagine seeing all those pictures of yourself from other peoples cameras during those holiday vacations you walked into!" continue reading @ designverb

More in the news:
  • Star Search: Shopping Site Uses Visuals ECommerce-Guide, United States - 15 Nov 2006
  • Click it & Ship it Window shop celebrity styles on Like.com Lowell Sun, MA - 14 Nov 2006
  • Google vs. Guruji.com - A Desi Perspective on Search Engines Desicritics.org, India - 12 Nov 2006

    My previous post:
  • visualization - ebscohost’s cool new integration of grokker
  • information visualization at eurekster, a swicki search engine
  • wheels for google, google on wheels
  • surf maps: visualising web browsing
  • dontclick.it - web usability visualized
  • Searching Is Polarized; Will The Five Laws Get a New Revised Version: Every Search Engine Its Searcher

    Technocrati Tags:
    Visual search
    index images
  • November 08, 2006

    Whirling around the blogosphere to see what's up!

  • Information Visualization - Web of Idea Nodes
    I’d like a 3-d, navigable, web of ideas. Much like TiddlyWiki which is “a non-linear personal web notebook”. Only I’d like my creation to be visual. I want to see the nodes connect, like a mindmap (like FreeMind).

    This is a diagram (click for a better, larger real example of the diagram):

    Each node in the web would be an idea. The highlighted node would be displayed in full. Linked nodes, depending on their degree from the highlighted node, would display limited information.
    Each node would contain:

    A title
    (eg “Changing Media”)
    On all displayed nodes
    A summary
    (eg “Data decay is accelerating man’s fall from the Golden Age by obscuring the Great Conversation [GC].”)
    On nodes directly connected to the highlighted node.
    The idea explained in full ...

    This is a tool that visualizes semantic categories, in a 3D context--title, summary and explanation.

    For a librarian it is all about cataloging the content, viz., title of the document, description of the document, analyzing the content.

    While these look-alike, but there is creativity in 3D visualization--are librarians also creative?
    PS. I do admit that all librarians are not alike.

  • Information Visualization [Live Blogged Notes from UX Week 2006]
    [Michal Migurski of Stamen]

    Data Viz: Why Now?

    Because the tools and the audience have caught up.

    Starting with Map of the Market from the let nineties. This was inspirational but largely alone. This tree map uses size and color.

    Our palette of visualization is pretty sparse.

    So why now? ....