Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tea - Wikipedia Visual Knowledge Map

The subject of this Visual Knowledge Map is Wikipedia's article about "Tea".

The Visual Knowledge Map shows 20 related topics that are discussed in the Wikipedia's Tea article.

In addition, each of the 20 main topics is linked to 10 more related topics. This rich view provides a broad context to stimulate brainstorming and searching for creative ideas.

Overall, the Visual Knowledge Map instantly shows 200 topics giving users a powerful overview and versatile guide to knowledge exploration and visual mapping.

You can click on any topic to see the Visual Summaries for each of the topics.


                                        Tea - Wikipedia Visual Knowledge map

The Visual Knowledge Map is created by WebSummarizer. The Visual Knowledge Maps can be easily published in web pages and in blogs.

Also the Visual Maps can exported to word processors and mind mapping applications like  MindManager, Mindjet, Xmind, MindGenius, iTHoughts.

About WebSummarizer:

WebSummarizer is a powerful text mining and visualization application. It offers rapid summarization of web pages and documents, creation of personal and corporate knowledge bases.

The summarization results are presented as:

   -  Visual Summaries, 
    - Tree Views (structured text), 
    - Keywords Cloud and
    - Visual Knowledge Maps 

In addition the results can be exported to mind mapping applications.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

XMind connects to WebSummarizer cloud

The phenomenon of information overload means that we do not have enough time and attention to read all the information that we need. Mind mapping practitioners and students need to review great deal of information to create rich mind maps.

XMind, a leading mind mapping product, and WebSummarizer, provider of summarization and text analytics solutions combined their technologies to assist mind mappers with using summarization in creation of mind maps.

In collaboration they created XMind Summarizer add-in that allows users to generate topics and summaries from web pages and Wikipedia articles. The summaries are then instantly rendered as XMind mind maps.

The process is seamless and the summarization-assisted mind map creation is very fast.

Any topic can be researched using Wikipedia summaries and any web page can be used as as source to render it as a mind map.

The summarization supports English, French, German and Spanish languages.

If you have any questions and comments please contact us.

Here you can download XMind Summarizer

Brian Friedlander of Assistive Technology created a short demo XMind Integrates WebSummarizer Technology showing how the XMind Summarizer works:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pictorial Knowledge Presentation - Text Summarization and Visualization Connected

In this post  I will present two powerful technologies for summarizing and visualizing information rolled out into a single web application. The result is a Visual Summary which is a very practical pictorial tool for presenting and recording knowledge.

Visual Summary - combining automatic summarization with automatic visualization

In our daily work, learning, communication we frequently summarize what we need to convey and very often present our information using graphical means to vividly express our thoughts. In this sense summarization and visualization are important techniques that we apply to effectively communicate, teach, explain, clarify, and inform.

As a human processes the summarization and visualization are time consuming and very demanding given our daily significant reading load.  It stands to reason that automating both summarization and visualization would rapidly increase the number of web pages and documents that we could summarize and visualize. And if such a system would produce an instant summary and at the same time present it also as a visual diagram, an interactive diagram, this would be a highly beneficial application. 

And indeed, Visual Summary by WebSummarizer offers such a solution.

WebSummarizer Components
WebSummarizer Components

Why is this significant?

The single impact of summarization is to establish a focus for our mind.

Not all information is equal:  some of it clearly is more important than the rest so making the distinction and providing relevance ranking is a vital feedback helping us with filtering and evaluating information.

Visual representation of information is useful because it opens up the way we think about data. It helps us with revealing hidden patterns, and highlighting connections between elements. And helps us remembering the details.

The main idea is the most important concept - the focus - is represented at the root of the visual summary.

Together, summarization and visualization, comprise a highly engaging, crystal-clear and dynamic way to present, communicate and understand complex information.

Visual Summary Elements
Visual Summary Elements

Combining the ability to integrate the Visual Summary with host of other systems makes the application a powerful companion for exploring the wealth of information available to us on our computers, tablets and smart phones.  

For the record, here are some general descriptions of automatic summarization and automatic visualization:

  • Automatic summarization is the creation of a shortened version of a text by a computer program. The product of this procedure still contains the most important points of the original text.
  •  Automatic text visualization aggregates the most important information around the key ideas and presents the information as clear preferably interactive diagram. This presentation makes it easy to understand, view and remember the key information. 

 Knowledge Bases and Visual Summaries

We can imagine that accessing collections of summaries offers much richer information choices than looking just at a summary of a single document. Further, we can imagine that aggregating collections of  summaries on many topics would provide a very fertile ground to seriously engage into knowledge discovery

In this scenario, we have a smartly organized repository of summaries indexed by topics. The topics are linked to the relevant summaries and to their sources so we always know where the information is coming from and what is the context of the information. Also, the convenient zoom-in feature allows to examine information in more details by navigating the dynamic Visual Summary.

The ultimate goal of creating and using knowledge bases is to speed up our understanding and reasoning about the contents of large and complex text collections. Such text collections are blogs, websites, newspapers, search engine results, digital libraries, social media, corporate documents, news feeds, etc.

Getting a knowledge snapshot of the key topics and the context helps with decision making, evaluations, recommendations and learning.

Creating Knowledge Libraries with WebSummarizer
Creating Knowledge Libraries with WebSummarizer

It is quite fast and practical process to automatically summarize and aggregate the summaries into knowledge bases. WebSummarizer provides Wikipedia Knowledge Base which holds summaries of over 3 million articles indexed by almost 5 million keywords with an instant access to 30 million summaries.

The following two examples provide real Visual Summaries generated by WebSummarizer. You can open each of the topics and examine the context.

Publishing of the visual summaries in blogs and websites is as simple as inserting a YouTube video.

                               VISUAL  SUMMARY                              

This an interactive Visual Summary of Wikipedia article about coffee



To navigate the Visual Summary:  
* click on any + or - next to a keyword in the map  
* or click on the Expand All or Collapse All buttons. 

                               KNOWLEDGE BASE                           

This an interactive Visual Summary created from Wikipedia Knowledge base - 30 top ranked articles with the keyword "coffee" are presented


To navigate the Visual Summary:  
* click on any + or - next to a keyword in the map  
* or click on the Expand All or Collapse All buttons.

About WebSummarizer  

WebSummarizer provides tools to VISUALIZE and SUMMARIZE web pages and documents.

The results are presented as interactive Visual SummariesTree Views and a Keyword Clouds and can be downloaded easily published in blogs and websites

The Visual Summary can be navigated in any browser on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The Keyword Cloud is linked with Wikipedia Knowledge Base. When you click on the keyword in the cloud you will be presented with an instant Visual Summary.

You can summarize text in English, French, German and Spanish.

The keywords and summaries are easily exported to other applications such as word editors, browsers, mind mapping applications like Mindjet MindManager, MindGenius, XMind, and any other mind mapping application.

FREE Trial here: WebSummarizer