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Create your own search engine

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This is a new one from the google stable called Google Coop It allows a group of people to co-operatively research and design and customise a search engine to suit their needs and requirements


This colorful city recently celebrated its 1,500th birthday.

**BING**

http://www.bing.com/explore?q=&FORM=BXFD


Visual preview tool

Cool Iris

By andrewch
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http://www.cooliris.com

**The Firefox extension.**

Cool iris is a neat firefox etension that lets you preview the website the link you are hover over goes to.
So if you have a google search and you hover over the link Cool iris will preview the page for you in a seperate windows that hovers.
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The frame also has functionality including emailing the bookmark etc
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Techlearning Article



Visual search



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http://www.visual-search.net

Customise your search using visual search plugin for firefox. This plug in allows you to modify your search by double clicking on words within the search results.
Goto the web site - http://www.visual-search.net - and install the plug in - Restart your browser
Goto Google and enter a search string in the search field. Then slow double click on the words you want to eliminate or add to your search. + adds the words and - removes them
This refines the search and updates the field.
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Instructional Video - http://www.visual-search.net/Visual%20Search%202/Visual%20Search%202.html



Visuwords


http://www.visuwords.com/

This is a flash powered online thesaurus/dictionary etc. Its brilliant, great eye candy value but it graphically displays relationships etc
Hovering over the key word will float an explanation

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Visuwords - visual thesaurus and dictionary

Visuwords - visual thesaurus and dictionary


Wiki Mania

Wiki mania is a page looking at the Wikimedia range of projects:
These include:



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Mash ups.
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In many ways Mash ups represent the ultimate web 2.0 tool. Here you customize and design your own information and data source, you remix data from where ever into a format that you want and need.

Links:

http://www.orch8.net/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9sENSA_sjI


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http://mashmaker.intel.com/

Description

A Mashup is where you bring together information from various sources in a single page. It might be demographic information and maps or Flickr pictures and maps. There are lots of opportunities that are possible. But… its hard work
Well Intel has given us an option - Mashmaker.
There are a variety of resources to help you and a plug in for your browser. This is worth a play.
Main page - http://mashmaker.intel.com/
Overview - http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/articles/eng/1461.htm
Video tutorials - http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/articles/eng/1505.htm
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source: http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/articles/eng/1505.htm



Gapminder


This is a brilliant mashup it graphs wide varieties of data
http://www.gapminder.org

This is a remarkably diverse and interesting site.
This site provides free software that you can use to visualise human development.
Its made by an interesting collection of groups including the universities and UN

So what does it do?


It allows you to graph population features like life expectancy, population counts etc against other population features with different country data.
Its interesting, very visual and easy to use, its also allows you to move through time as well.
Have a look at population in Rwanda over time.

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The site also has resources in PDF format like this one on World education.
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They also have video and "gapcasts" to view


Voice based Search engine

http://www.midomi.com/
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This is an interesting web site. This is a mash up using Flash, voice recognition tools and a extensive database of music.

Its a site where you can search for and find music, what make sit interesting is that you can search
by your voice.
Search for the song of your choice by singing or humming
The site is commercial - you can buy what you hum and find.

They even have a video of how it works - http://www.midomi.com/index.php?action=main.video

You can also publish your own material to the site