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From "Le-shin Wu" <les...@gmail.com>
Subject Announcing sixearch.org
Date Thu, 17 Jan 2008 04:46:21 GMT
Some time back we announced the first public prototype of 6S, a peer
application for social, distributed, adaptive Web search. Thanks to the
feedback of our early testers, we have made many improvements and today we
are launching v.0.3. We invite you to visit http://sixearch.org to download
this latest version, or to participate in a user study by downloading a
special version of the application that will allow us to collect anonymous
usage statistics. If you are already participating in our user study, we
thank you and invite you to upgrade. If you have not tried 6S before, now is
a good time to join the new and improved sixearch.org community.

The 6S app, which runs on Windows, MacOSX, or Linux, will help you create
your personal Web collection, search it, share it, and discover what others
have shared. 6S will build your collection with a single click, or you can
customize it by importing your bookmarks, crawling the Web, or indexing
pages and documents. You can search not only your personal collection, but
also other 6S peers. When you submit a query, your 6S agent will determine
which peers are best suited to answer it based on previous interactions.
Your 6S agent will also learn from the results it receives, so that it can
continuously improve.

Go to http://sixearch.org to learn more, to download 6S, or to participate
in our study. The new v.0.3 not only has a new look and feel, but also
several new functionalities to make it more user-friendly, such as:

* Main control via a system tray icon (Windows) or menu icon (MacOSX)
* Runs in the background without having to keep an application window open
* Online/offline status to temporarily disconnect from the sixearch.orgnetwork
* One-click index construction from bookmarks and search history, and
automatic updating
* New Firefox extension to search the 6S community and to bookmark and tag
pages
* Network viewer providing a real time snapshot of the latest 6S network
activity
* New privacy settings consistent with published privacy policy

Please visit http://sixearch.org where you will find a link to an informed
consent form if you wish to help us by participating in our user study. This
study has been approved by Indiana University's Human Subjects Committee
(Study # 06-11620).

For anyone who has already installed a previous version of 6S and wishes to
keep their personal Web collection, you can find a patch file from the
download page. Please note that you have to install the latest Firefox
browser extension to access the sixearch.org network from your browser. The
extension is bundled with the program package, or can be downloaded
separately from the download page.

We are looking forward to your participation and your feedback, for which we
have created a forum linked from http://sixearch.org. Thank you very much
for your consideration, and happy 2008!

The 6S team: Le-Shin Wu, Ruj Akavipat, and Filippo Menczer, Indiana
University School of Informatics

Filippo Menczer
Lagrange Senior Fellow (2007-2008)
CNLL, ISI Foundation, Torino, Italy
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Departments of Informatics & Computer Science
Indiana University, Bloomington
http://informatics.indiana.edu/fil

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