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April 12, 2010


Susan Neuhaus

Uber indexes would be fabulous. Imagine a text book that updates itself and can explain a concept in more detail if a student needs it.

I'm not convinced that indexing would be as automatic as you might hope, my experience with current indexing tools makes me skeptical. These products would be labor intensive, and least in the near term. But worth the effort.

Tim Brandhorst

Great post. I hope you'll keep trying to think through how this could be done--it's quite fascinating. Is this something you would look to a device maker to try to develop? Or an entity like Google that already "organizes" the Web, that could provide an uber index to any publisher or device maker? Seems beyond any given publisher.

self publishing company

Good post, but I'm not all that certain that this level of indexing would be as automatic as you might hope - I guess it's worth the effort.

Caryn Sobel

The uber-index is a great concept, but might it not recapitulate the same problem we are having with the Internet itself? I know the idea is to organize the data that the uber-index points to, but since it will change constantly--even while the reader is examining it--I wonder how fluid the organizing principles will have to be, and how tightly the information can actually be drawn together.

As an indexer and educator, I would like to see (and be part of) the development of an index format that would allow a focus on the text material itself, so that concentration on the content is not lost, and an additional "branching" that adds the enrichment material, e.g., the discussions, products, etc.

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