14.0634 Self-Organized Feature (or Semantic) Maps

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Date: Tue Jan 30 2001 - 04:45:34 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 634.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 09:30:08 +0000
             From: Gerry McKiernan <gerrymck@IASTATE.EDU>
             Subject: Self-Organized Alerting and Search Services

    [Taken from the Electronic Journal Publishing List
    <VPIEJ-L@LISTSERV.VT.EDU> with thanks. --WM]

       _Self-Organized Alerting and Search Services_

         In a recent posting , I informed various e-lists of the availability of
    a sophisticated index to _Astrophysical Journal_ that was brought to my
    attention by Peter B. Boyce - Senior Consultant for Electronic Publishing,
    American Astronomical Society (AAS)

                 [http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/archive/0101/0200.html ]

         This index makes uses of an artificial intelligence, neural network
    technique known as Self-Organized Feature (or Semantic) Maps (SOMs)
    developed by Teuvo Kohonen [ http://www.cis.hut.fi/teuvo/ ] and colleagues
    at the Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Computer and
    Information Science, Neural Networks Research Centre
    [ http://www.cis.hut.fi/research/ ] and elsewhere.

    [Prof. Kohonen is author of numerous papers on SOMs (and other subjects) as
    well as editions of _Self-Organizing Maps_ published by Springer
    [http://www.springer-ny.com/detail.tpl?ISBN=3540620176 ]

         In thinking about the potential benefit of navigating Information Space
    with the _Astrophysical Journal_, it occurred to me the application of SOM
    to a database of e-journal TOC and/or abstract Alerts would provide
    highly-valued added access that could greatly facilitate and improve access
    and use of the content of such alerts.

        SOM might also be quite useful in navigating the contents of
    hosted user Filing Cabinets for saved articles by readers
    [SEE EJI(sm), my latest registry devoted to innovative e-journal features,
    functionalities, and content]

    [ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/EJI.htm ]

    for examples of Virtual Filing Cabinets

    [One could also envision a SOM database to navigate the citations of an
    individual e-journal articles and their associated links adding
    visualization to the CrossRef project [ http://www.crossref.org/ ] and other
    reference linking projects]

          I'd appreciate any reactions to my proposals and would be in Seventh
    Heaven to learn that such applications indeed do already exist!
    [Other potential application in navigating e-journal features, functions,
    and content would also be of interest]

          As Always, Any and All contributions, comments, queries, questions,
    critiques, Cosmic Insights, Super Bowl Predictions, etc., etc., etc.. are
    Most Welcome!


    /Gerry McKiernan
    Self-Organized AND Alert Librarian
    Iowa State University
    Ames IA 50011


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