Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mashpedia - The Real-Time Encyclopedia

Topics are 'happening' in real-time: events are occurring, affairs are advancing, nothing is static anymore. New knowledge and meaningful digital content around it is created every day, crowds are participating and collaborating online, supported on a new generation of web tools, services and networks; hence making most concepts evolve at a new faster pace, potentially revamping our interpretation of reality, to make it a more dynamic and efficient process.

According to the creators, "Mashpedia aims to serve as an effective medium for acquirement of this newly possible reality knowledge on any given topic, providing a full scope of substantive, factual, fresh and real-time information and content for millions of topics and themes. However, Mashpedia is not a search engine: Mashpedia provides articles for specific topics such as concepts, subjects, personalities, events, places, companies, products, etc., but not for broader, unspecific searches."

As an example of what Mashpedia does, I searched "2010 Yushu earthquake" and I was provided the following:
  • definitions
  • a public wall for comments
  • Wikipedia articles
  • YouTube videos
  • a live Twitter stream
  • news feeds
  • images from a different sources
  • Digg links
  • blog posts
  • Google books
  • articles from websites
You have to admit that Mashpedia offers a trendy, social network look. Kind of a one-page resource of recent developments. I hope you will take a look!

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