Don’t you know Elkorado?

Hello there, long time no see. My PhD is taking too much time for me to write in this section, but I’ll try to fix it.

I come today with a quite new website I recently discovered. This is Elkorado! It is a website of a mate – we are working in the same office actually – so my point of view may be subjective. I don’t care though. ;)

Why talking about it? Well, first, I like it. Second, it uses the technologies I work on. It is exactly what semantic web can be: use of ontologies, disambiguation, graphs… So if you’re interested in those technologies, this is another reason to try it. If not, try it anyway because it’s cool.

Here’s the thing: Elkorado aggregates content, basically, from the Internet thanks to the users. Each item is called a nugget (Yeeehaaaa). Why? Probably because it has a real quality. The goal of Elkorado is not to aggregate any content, like the last video clip of Lady Gaga or rumors about Michael Jackson’s death (whaaaat?! really?!). It aims at only keeping really good, reliable, long-lasting content. As many other aggregators, you can save your interests, others users you’d like to follow… In order to display the nuggets you may like. Then, you can grab them in your own list (if you’d like to read it later, or just to fav it).

The community is still poor for now, as the webmaster just started to talk about it seriously. There is, however, already a lot of data. It is really hard to enter a nugget that does not already exists (yes, this is part of the thing, no duplicate). There is also no ambiguity as Elkorado disambiguate everything. This means that if you type a tag for a nugget like “java”, it will ask you what you mean (programming language, coffee, island…). Well, a bunch of features, I highly recommend to give it a try by yourself.

Oh and finally, I really love the interface. It is clean, neat… Just everything I love.

2 comments

  • Moreno  

    So good to see you showing us the insides of your digital-academic world. Fascinating stuff, this technology! I keep wondering how this would fit into a theoretical-lingusitic frame.

    • Nicolas  

      My work is based on ontologies which are formal representations of knowledge, basically. Thanks to this kind of representation, one can infer some logic. For instance, you know that a dog is an animal. So if a user is looking for animal pictures, you can suggest him pictures of dog thanks to it.

      The intersection with linguistics does not concern knowledge representations (even though we can find some, since an ontology is supposed to reflect the semantic) but natural language processing really does. In this field, we try to analyse some text to extract information from it thanks to language models, word frequencies and so on. One application, for example, is to analyse a movie review to define whether or not a given user is satisfied with this movie. I’m not working on NLP for now but I’m interested in it and I may go further in it.

      PS re the post topic: too bad the interface changed, it’s not clear and simple anymore…

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