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Subject: Announcing sixearch.org
From: Ruj Akavipat <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 16 Jan 2008 19:29:30 -0500
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*****  To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org  *****

*** Announcing sixearch.org ***

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.org 
network
* 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
   - and-
Departments of Informatics & Computer Science
Indiana University, Bloomington
http://informatics.indiana.edu/fil

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