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Website of the Week: Managed Q

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ManagedQ

: The Search Application

ManagedQ is driven by a group of dedicated entrepreneurs working in a basement in Palo Alto to develop the next step in Search.

The field of Search is years behind where it should be, as it hasn’t fundamentally changed in more than a decade. Results may have improved a bit, but people are still Searching the same way they did in 1995. With this lack of innovation, Results have essentially become a commodity.

ManagedQ capitalizes on this fact to transform Search as we know it from a command-line driven database query to an elegantly-designed Application that can be continuously improved and optimized. The end result is an entirely novel and compelling Search Experience.

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Obsolateskills.com : Website of the Week

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http://obsoleteskills.com

Robert Scoble came up with the idea in a recent blog post to make a list of ‘obsolete skills.’ He describes these skills as things we used to know that are no longer very useful to us, a few examples include:

The community has started to create a much larger list of these obsolete skills, check out the full A-Z list. Feel free to contribute more if you can, and if you have the time, please make a page with a short description of the skill.

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Global Climate Change: Website of the Week

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Global Climate Change: NASA’s eyes on the Earth

Tons of resources on global climate change and environment for students and educators.

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Website of the week: ‘Please rob me’

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Please Rob Me

Hey, do you have a Twitter account? Have you ever noticed those messages in which people tell you where they are? Pretty annoying, eh. Well, they’re actually also potentially pretty dangerous. We’re about to tell you why.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the whole location-aware thing. The information is very interesting and can be used to create some pretty awesome applications. However, the way in which people are stimulated to participate in sharing this information, is less awesome. Services like Foursquare allow you to fulfill some primeval urge to colonize the planet. A part of that is letting everyone know you own that specific spot. You get to tell where you are and if you’re there first, it’s yours. O, and of course there’s badges..

The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home. So here we are; on one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on a holiday, and on the other we’re telling everybody on the internet we’re not home. It gets even worse if you have "friends" who want to colonize your house. That means they have to enter your address, to tell everyone where they are. Your address.. on the internet.. Now you know what to do when people reach for their phone as soon as they enter your home. That’s right, slap them across the face.

The goal of this website is to raise some awareness on this issue and have people think about how they use services like Foursquare, Brightkite, Google Buzz etc. Because all this site is, is a dressed up Twitter search page. Everybody can get this information.

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Website of the week: Reading

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Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History

is an online exploration of the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries. For Internet users worldwide, Reading provides unparalleled digital access to a significant selection of unique source materials—more than 250,000 pages from 1,200 individual items, including 800 published books and 400 manuscript selections.

Reading offers highly selective views from the Harvard library collections on reading as an acquired skill, as a social activity, and as a valued and highly engaging individual act. The materials digitized for Reading are drawn from holdings of the Harvard University Archives; Houghton Library and the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library; the Monroe C. Gutman Library of the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Encompass: The global Book Club

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EnCompassCulture is a worldwide reading group, the place to find your next book and talk about books with other readers from around the world. It has full details of over 10,000 books for all age ranges and is full of useful features.

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Website of the week : O’Reilly

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Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O’Reilly" Camps, which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Tim’s blog, the O’Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim’s long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. In addition to O’Reilly Media, Tim is a founder of Safari Books Online, a pioneering subscription service for accessing books online, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early-stage venture firm.

This website and other related websites of Tim O’Reilly foundation are the mines of technological information and resources. If you are tech savvy, exploring this site is a must.

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ipl2 :Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII)

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Information you can trust

ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII).

"ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians’ Internet Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University’s College of Information Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.

ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2’s collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.

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Website of the week: Gold

 

Know all about the most valuable commodity of these days, GOLD

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World Gold Council

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Discover the stories, explore the rich visual database and interact with the Flash features to learn more about the Australian gold rushes.

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http://www.sbs.com.au/gold/

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World Almanac for Kids: Site of the week

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http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/

Published annually since 1996 and with more than 3 million copies sold to date, The World Almanac for Kids provides kids with the information they crave on thousands of subjects.

This site provides a big bundle of information useful for your projects and assignments. Try it.

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Tate Kids, Sports injuries

Tate Tales is a website where you will find a selection of artworks to write stories about, and find stories other children have written.

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Sports injuries for Kids

Sports/exercise related injuries and its solutions from Medline

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Website of the week: Great Websites for Kids

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Great Websites for Kids

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Originally created in 1997 by the first Children and Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. Currently maintained by the ALSC Great Web Sites Committee.

This is a great collection of website which are relevant and useful for children.

The selection criteria and classification of websites make this site very attractive and useful

The websites are classified and marked as

  • Appropriate for PreK aged youth
  • Appropriate for Elementary aged youth
  • Appropriate for Middle School aged youth
  • For Parents/Teachers/Caregivers

Example

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Website of the Week: Refdesk

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Refdesk

The popular one stop fact and reference shop on the internet.

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Swine Flu India: Website of the Week

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This website has an interesting story behind its creation.

For India centric information on the latest pandemic “Swine Flue” it is a must visit.

Congrats the young minds behind the screen.

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Website of the week : Shashi Tharoor

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Visit the website of the State Minister of External Affairs, MEA,Shashi Tharoor.

The website is enriched with Web 2.0 tools such as twitter and blog.

Contact details are also given.

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Animoto for Education: Website of the week

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This site provides tools for teachers and students to create videos and share it online through mail/blogs/networks.

A handy online facility which will help the class room teaching and make it more live.

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Website of the week:Healthy India.Org

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Healthy India endeavours to advance consciousness of disease prevention opportunities, encourage earlier detection and treatment of chronic diseases, and foster healthy living through information and resources on healthy lifestyle viz. Healthy Diet; Physical Activity; Tobacco and Alcohol related health problems; Environment; Yoga; Stress Management; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Cancers; Heart Attacks and Strokes.

This website is maintained by the Public Health Foundation of India in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

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Website of the Week: CBSE Physics

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CBSE Physics :: A Web Resource in Physics for CBSE Students

Here is a new Blog in the arena of Physics. The blog contains a lot of useful information such as Entrance links, Learning sections, sample papers, question banks, inference, downloads, etc

Visit this site to solve all your learning resource problems in Physics.

The site is maintained by Mr. Mathew Abraham, PGT Physics, KV Pattom.


Contact : mathewnjappallil at gmail dot com


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Mr.Kapil Sibal, Minister, MHRD : Official website

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Visit the official website of the new Human Resource Development Misnister of India to know all about him.

You can post your queries also through the website.

 

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Wolfram|Alpha

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“Making the world’s knowledge computable”

Visit this website and feel the power of web search, if you are looking for really serious  material.

Before using it see some examples and move on.

About

Wolfram|Alpha

Goals

Wolfram|Alpha’s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries.

Wolfram|Alpha aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities to the broadest possible range of people—spanning all professions and education levels. Our goal is to accept completely free-form input, and to serve as a knowledge engine that generates powerful results and presents them with maximum clarity.

Wolfram|Alpha is an ambitious, long-term intellectual endeavor that we intend will deliver increasing capabilities over the years and decades to come. With a world-class team and participation from top outside experts in countless fields, our goal is to create something that will stand as a major milestone of 21st century intellectual achievement.

Status

That it should be possible to build Wolfram|Alpha as it exists today in the first decade of the 21st century was far from obvious. And yet there is much more to come.

As of now, Wolfram|Alpha contains 10+ trillion of pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains. Built with Mathematica—which is itself the result of more than 20 years of development at Wolfram Research—Wolfram|Alpha’s core code base now exceeds 5 million lines of symbolic Mathematica code. Running on supercomputer-class compute clusters, Wolfram|Alpha makes extensive use of the latest generation of web and parallel computing technologies, including webMathematica and gridMathematica.

Wolfram|Alpha’s knowledge base and capabilities already span a great many domains, and its underlying framework has the power and flexibility to support ready extension to essentially any domain that is based on systematic knowledge. More »

The universe of potentially computable knowledge is, however, almost endless, and in creating Wolfram|Alpha as it is today, we needed to start somewhere. Our approach so far has been to emphasize domains where computation has traditionally had a more significant role. As we have developed Wolfram|Alpha, we have in effect been systematically covering the content areas of reference libraries and handbooks. In going forward, we plan broader and deeper coverage, both of traditionally scientific, technical, economic, and otherwise quantitative knowledge, and of more everyday, popular, and cultural knowledge.

Wolfram|Alpha’s ability to understand free-form input is based on algorithms that are informed by our analysis of linguistic usage in large volumes of material on the web and elsewhere. As the usage of Wolfram|Alpha grows, we will capture a whole new level of linguistic data, which will allow us to greatly enhance Wolfram|Alpha’s linguistic capabilities.

Today’s Wolfram|Alpha is just the beginning. We have ambitious plans, for data, for computation, for linguistics, for presentation, and more. As we go forward, we’ll be discussing what we’re doing on the Wolfram|Alpha Blog, and we encourage suggestions and participation, especially through the Wolfram|Alpha Community.

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Future

Wolfram|Alpha, as it exists today, is just the beginning. We have both short- and long-term plans to dramatically expand all aspects of Wolfram|Alpha, broadening and deepening our data, our computation, our linguistics, our presentation, and more.

Wolfram|Alpha is built on solid foundations. And as we go forward, we see more and more that can be made computable using the basic paradigms of Wolfram|Alpha—and a faster and faster path for development as we leverage the broad capabilities already in place.

Wolfram|Alpha was made possible in part by the achievements of Mathematica and A New Kind of Science (NKS). In their different ways, both of these point to far-reaching future opportunities for Wolfram|Alpha—whether a radically new kind of programming or the systematic automation of invention and discovery.

Wolfram|Alpha is being introduced first in the form of the wolframalpha.com website. But Wolfram|Alpha is really a technology and a platform that can be used and presented in many different ways. Among short-term plans are developer APIs, professional and corporate versions, custom versions for internal data, connections with other forms of content, and deployment on emerging mobile and other platforms.

History & Background

The quest to make knowledge computable has a long and distinguished history. Indeed, when computers were first imagined, it was almost taken for granted that they would eventually have the kinds of question-answering capabilities that we now begin to see in Wolfram|Alpha.

What has now made Wolfram|Alpha possible today is a somewhat unique set of circumstances—and the singular vision of Stephen Wolfram.

For the first time in history, we have computers that are powerful enough to support the capabilities of Wolfram|Alpha, and we have the web as a broad-based means of delivery. But this technology alone was not enough to make Wolfram|Alpha possible.

What was needed were also two developments that have been driven by Stephen Wolfram over the course of nearly 30 years. More »

Courtesy: Wolfram|Alpha

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