Monthly Archives: March 2012

Online Etymology Dictionary

March 01, 2012

 

Online Etymology Dictionary
http://www.etymonline.com/

This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they’re explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries. The basic sources of this work are Weekley’s “An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English,” Klein’s “A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language,” “Oxford English Dictionary” (second edition), “Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology,” Holthausen’s “Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Englischen Sprache,” and Kipfer and Chapman’s “Dictionary of American Slang.” This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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DataSift – Powerful Social Data Platform

March 01, 2012

DataSift – Powerful Social Data Platform
http://datasift.com/

DataSift offers the most powerful and sophisticated tools for extracting value from Social Data. The amount of content that Internet users are creating and sharing through Social Media is exploding. DataSift offers the best tools for collecting, filtering and analyzing this data. Social Data is more complicated to process and analyze because it is unstructured. DataSift’s platform has been built specifically to process large volumes of this unstructured data and derive value from it. Key benefits include: a) DataSift lets you access the full Twitter firehose in a cost-effective way. Pick between pay-as-you-go and subscription models, so you pay just for the Tweets that you use; b) DataSift was architected to handle large volumes of real-time data and immense numbers of sophisticated queries. This infrastructure supports billions of interactions and queries with regular response times of less than 200 ms; c) DataSift is one of two exclusive re-syndicators of Twitter data. Create filters through our API to just deliver the tweets you need from the Firehose – based on keywords, location, sentiment, influence and other meta-data attached to each Tweet; and d) DataSift partners with leading analytics and vizualisation companies to offer the most comprehensive suite of tools for extracting the signal from the noise of real-time data. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has been added to Business Intelligence Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This will be added to Social Informatics Subject Tracer™. This will be added to my Web Data Extractors White Paper.

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