MAKING IT SUPER EASY TO GET REFERENCES FROM WIKIPEDIA ARTICLES
Tue 1 Mar 11
Announcing the launch of perhaps our most useful feature yet.
We find similar sentences to those in Wikipedia, complete with their citations for you to paste into your essay. It's the easy way to branch off to find authoritative sources and relevant quotes to deepen your research.
SEE WHAT'S HOT ON WIKIPEDIA IN OVER 13,000 CATEGORIES!
Fri 23 Jul 10
All you stat lovers out there, check out our new site, The Full Wiki. It allows you to monitor global trends by seeing what's hot on Wikipedia. We've combined Wikipedia traffic data with their categories, to create 13,000 what's hot lists. Updated daily.
Some interesting examples from today's trending topics:
The map and the article are linked throughout. Click on a map marker and it jumps to that part of the article. Click on an article marker and it will show you that location on the map.
See for example our tourism fact map. If we click on Bangkok (Q), for example, we can see the relevant part of the article and learn that it's the third most visited city in the world. Or zooming into Europe and clicking on Nice, Wikipedia tells us it was one of the first and best established resorts in the French Riveria.
From the makers of NationMaster comes a new project aimed at harnessing the wealth of content of wikis.
It's called the The Full Wiki. Its goal is to become a platform for an enriched user experience for wikis using open licenses.
We have seen many fantastic projects come and go under the weight of traffic spikes, large datasets and the need to stay fresh. We want to provide serious hosting resources to make these projects feasible.
If you have a wiki oriented project you'd like us to host or provide other help, check out The Full Wiki.
NATIONMASTER AND FACTBITES TOP WEB 2.0 APPS
Fri 11 Jul 08
We are honoured to be listed among Australia's best web 2.0 applications this week. Ross Dawson produced a list for the prestigious Business Review Weekly showing our most internationally successful, innovative sites.
We've just put live a significant revision of our technology on Factbites. Now there's more and higher quality results. We hope you notice the difference! Also, we have a new feature on the way which will be pretty obvious once it hits the site. Stay tuned.
Thanks for all the words of support. It keeps us motivated more than anything else.
Our FactBites site is enjoying growing traffic, and I've just read a great review on the blog of Matthew Hurst, Director of Research at Intelliseek:
The results that Factbites generates are still extracts from web pages, but they are of far higher quality than the summaries that main stream web search engines provide. By focusing the technology on passages that make statements about the topic being searched for, the user experiences a far richer response. It should be noted that this type of interface has the potential to change the way in which searches are performed as the search engine is now doing more of the heavy lifting and is not trying to guess the intention of the user.
The site also has an In The News feature now, linking to the recent topics.
STATEMASTER, SISTER SITE TO NATIONMASTER, IS LAUNCHED TODAY
Wed 12 Apr 06
StateMaster, a free online resource for comparing US states, has been released today. We have translated our winning formula of statistical comparisons, graphs, maps and flags to the 50 states of America, giving our users another level of data at their fingertips. With over 2,500 stats on StateMaster, you can find information on anything from binge drinkers to
p>race related hate crimes.
Detailed state profiles, as well as thousands of maps and flags, are also included in the database, making us a one-stop resource for information about US states.
Keep in mind that our Volunteer Editor program will also be implemented for StateMaster, bringing together a community of folks interested in data and general information on US states. Let us know if you are interested!
FROM THE MAKERS OF NATIONMASTER - FACTBITES!
Mon 11 Apr 05
What do you get if you cross a search engine with an encyclopedia? The answer arrived on the net today - Factbites (www.Factbites.com), a new approach to search. Under the slogan "where results make sense", Factbites provides searchers with full sentences about their search topic, rather than the sentence fragments most search engines offer.
Rather than focusing on link-based technology like Google, Factbites delves into the tone and subject matter of the given topic. The engine "reads" the content of each page and determines how meaningful the text is. It seeks out authoritative and informative content, preferring encyclopedia-style fact-based descriptions to the chatty, spammy and inconsequential.
The end result is a clean summary you can almost read from beginning to end. Not only is this an effective filter against spam and clutter, it's also a time saver, because it gives users a clear picture of what each destination site is about. For encyclopedia-style content, the site makes some large claims. The website challenges users to compare Factbites results to Google results at Factbites vs. Google. When searching for quick information on the sort of things you'd usually go to an encyclopedia for, the results are surprisingly clear - Factbites wins hands down. Don't take our word for it, check the site yourself - Factbites!