What we do….
FactMint is a suite of tools for dealing with facts; not text or documents, hard facts.
Most of us are used to search engines. We’ve been trained to think of our queries in terms of the keywords which might be contained in the answer. At FactMint we think that’s the wrong approach, particularly for researchers who differentiate themselves by being insightful and asking probing questions.
FactMint is different. FactMint lets you ask the actual question you want the answer to – through a simple and intuitive user interface – and just get the answer. Maybe it’s analysis of a sporting match, way beyond what other journalists can provide. Maybe it’s revealing statistics about the effects a head teacher has had on her previous schools, which can make your education supplement an essential read for parents. Whatever the answer you’re looking for, having it quickly and reliably can make the difference between a good piece and a great one.
So stop working with data and get on with being a journalist.
The Semantic Web
The Semantic Web is a communications model for unifying databases across the Web. The term was coined by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (he invented the World Wide Web!). Basically, it’s a system for describing facts in a uniform, standard way which computer programs can predict and understand (so to speak).
“If HTML and the Web made all the online documents look like one huge book, RDF, schema, and inference languages will make all the data in the world look like one huge database.”
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Weaving the Web, 1999
The technologies which make up the Semantic Web are at the heart of FactMint and we believe they have a huge role to play in the future of information technology.
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- Doing a bit of research into people's intuition when categorizing things. would love it if you took 3 min to take part. http://t.co/QH46ShQG #, 2012/09/06
- Hey @markking1974! @emily_church told us she talk to you about our project. Would love show... It's all about making the #SemWeb accessible. #, 2012/05/11
- Following the excitement of the @Guardian viz we launched today, I thought I'd have a go at some data analytics myself: http://t.co/rf4oXKxX #, 2012/04/12
- The debate is still raging in the comments around our viz for the @guardian. http://t.co/DU1CSORG #datajournalism #semweb #opendata #, 2012/04/12