SwiftRiver: Intelligence for the Information Age
What humanitarian crisis management has to do with brand monitoring and natural language.
By Maria Popova
Information management is easily the greatest challenge of the digital age, only intensifying as we go forth. While most of us make do with a careful selection of tools and a handful of trusted content curators, a holistic solution to information overload has been largely missing. Until now. Enter SwiftRiver, a brand new open-source intelligence gathering platform for managing real-time streams of data.
Developed by our friends at Ushahidi, whose platform of crowdsourced crisis information was the single most effective data management platform during the Haiti earthquake, SwiftRiver offers five different web services for validating and filtering real-time information:
- SiLCC is a natural-language processing tool that extracts semantic value from text — essentially, figuring out the human meaning of digital bits
- SULSa adds location context to content, which can be a life-or-death factor when responding to crisis information
- SiCDS reduces the number of duplicates, such as RT’s on Twitter that relay identical information without adding semantic value
- Reverberations measures the influence of content by weighing its popularity as it propagates across the social graph
- River ID scans the other four services to determine what and who is of value to different communities
Swift isn’t about replacing humans — it’s about maximizing their time.” ~ Jon Gosier
What makes SwiftRiver particularly noteworthy is its incredible range applications — from humanitarian crisis management to brand monitoring to political intelligence and beyond. What’s even more valuable is the multi-dimensional, relational way in which it approaches content — because the value of information is rarely absolute but, rather, relative to the context of who we are, what we do, where we live, and what else we know.
We have high hopes for SwiftRiver as the first tangible ray of hope for “curaggregation” — the holy-grail intersection of curation and aggregation. Give it a try.
via White African
Published September 2, 2010