Review of eyeplorer

http://prezi.com/d6dzfmoi4ddn/review-of-eyeplorer/

Synopsis of Review: EyePlorer is a really cool tool for seeing a subset of conceptual connections in Wikipedia. It is a “reverse concept mapper” in that EyePlorer starts with a map of terms, and shows the viewer the major terms, leaving the viewer to decide if there is an important conceptual connection between terms. I have found it useful in identifying links I would not have picked up in standard search engines. There are a few caveats:
1. The “intellectual commons” used by EyePlorer is Wikipedia only.
2. EyePlorer doesn’t seem to be able to pick related terms if there is more than one degree of separation between them.
3. EyePlorer doesn’t seem to be able to pick up connections between two ideas UNLESS they are in the same sentence.

None of these caveats are really surprising, but EyePlorer should really be thought of as another kind of search engine, not really a “concept mapper”.

Addenda:

8/15/2010.  EyePlorer does look at adjacent sentences, or sentences in the same section within a Wiki article, at least.  This might be the function of the secondary search terms- to look at entries within the primary search term, which corresponds to Wikipedia article names, that have the secondary search term somewhere in the article (?).  A spot check of some instances supports this model of their search engine.  If so, the secondary search term is a way of reducing the number of entries, functioning as Boolean AND.

Footnotes

I had many technical problems putting this together. I wanted to accomplish the following in this review:
1. use a non-linear Prezi-presentation.
2. stand-alone using voice.
3. an edited voice-over technique to avoid the hems and haughs I usually have.
4. A speaking avatar

Results:
1. The resolution of the Youtube files at least as viewed through Prezi are terrible.
2. The Voki avatar worked but (1) I don’t like the advertisement that Voki has with the free version. There is an educator’s version though that might avoid that. The video resolution wasn’t good. Screenr and Jing wouldn’t pick up the audio off the web, so I had to jump through a few hoops to create the youtube file.
3. The mixed-media with edited voice-over for the “Concept of EyePlorer” involved recovery of a captured videocast and assembly using Microsoft MovieMaker and WavePad Sound editor.

4.  The “Demo” segment involved quite a few unedited sessions with Screenr but I could post it directly to Youtube.

5. The “Caveats” segment used Screenr to capture unedited video capture using VUE (demonstrating its flexible links), OneNote, and EyePlorer in “one-take”.

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