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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Dr. Shrivatsa Desai, a physician from England has sent a four page letter of admiration of Kamat's Potpourri. Wow!

With his permission, I am providing it online. It is in Kannada langauge and is titled "My Affair with Kamat's Potpourri".

It is so good to be loved!

Content Discovery

I am always looking for ways to provide innovative navigational tools to maneuver through forests of digital content. A search engine like Google is great when you are looking with something in mind, but my research has indicated that on numerous occasions, the surfers are looking just to browse without looking for a particular thing -- like you would read a magazine or newspaper -- you do not know what article or picture you are going to read. You can call it Content Discovery.

The HighWire site at Stanford University has this impressive navigator (Java required) which I thought was very cool and wanted to implement one for Kamat's Potpourri. But a reviewer quickly pointed out the large number of clicks necessary to drill-down to a subject topic.

There used to be a site called Links2Go (no longer existent) which had an amazing ability to navigate to related content.

KartOO is another very interesting interface that uses Flash for complex navigation, but has the same problem -- too many clicks required to locate a page of interest.

Perhaps an optimal solution is using a little bit of both -- some contents you discover by searching, and some contents you discover by accident (browsing).

See my prototype of Kamat Content Explorer that provides navigation by keywords, dates, mediatypes, and titles. I want to add exploration by time-periods (19th century, 20th century etc), by geography, and by authors. I solilicit ideas to navigate through India Index a new product we are building.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, June 10, 2004
Last Modified: 6/13/2004 11:10:41 PM

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