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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Get Meaningful Results with MetaGlossary

At first glance, I was expecting MetaGlossary to be an Answers.com clone, but it's actually quite complementary to the latter site. While Answers.com is more of a resource for those who want to get in-depth information on a topic (with Wikipedia entries, etc.), MetaGlossary is surprisingly good at zeroing in on just the right parts of a webpage so users can at-a-glance get up to speed on whatever topic they're searching for. On the results page, a few sentences are culled from various sources that contain the key information you might be looking for.Although perhaps not so surprising since the two founders have computer science degrees (one specializing in natural language processing and machine learning). The results page also contains a box with keywords related to your search terms so interested users can conduct additional searches on related topics. There's a Firefox search plugin as well.

MetaGlossary is off to a good start with 2 million terms defined in its database. As long as it's kept up-to-date, it should prove a popular resource for harried executives or novice Internet users looking to get a handle on the latest Web 2.0 or other similarly protean terminologies.

MetaGlossary [via eHub]


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