How are BCNet articles created?
BCNet articles are created using computer algorithms. The initial query, which is the same as the title of the article, is used to search through Internet and/or private databases and return text that is most related to the search term. The output is obviously quite different than a normal human written article. Sometimes the content will be completely unrelated, and this is a drawback to using algorithms, but even unrelated content can provide interesting insights into the main line of research. In other words, unrelated content can sometimes enhance the search for meaning by getting the mind to consider a topic from a completely unrelated point of view. Sometimes it’s a waste of time but sometimes it helps to make research better.
What is the purpose of BCNet?
BCNet is most effectively used by writers or researchers who want to get a quick overview of the topic. Doing normal Internet searches returns links to websites that have lots of information that a writer or researcher wouldn’t be interested in taking the time or energy to look through. The output of BCNet articles contains just text and links. The text output can be considered a birds eye view of the content. The articles in BCNet should be skimmed rather than read line by line as in a normal article.
What is the best method for using BCNet?
It’s important to understand the structure of the reports. Sometimes the most effective way to view a report is to go to the very bottom and look at the “Ranked Selected Sources” and read the titles of the original sources that are summarized in the overall report. Sometimes this is a good starting point and a writer or researcher can quickly gain an overview of how an article or a line of research might best be undertaken.
Who has used BCNet technology?
The technology behind BCNet has been used by the Department of Homeland Security to summarize large databases of information. DHS analysts use the technoloigy behind BCNet to get answers to questions in order to quickly get up to speed on a subject and to understand the “landscape” of a subject. Published authors have also used the technology behind BCNet to do research for books they are writing. Again, its all about quickly learning the lay of the land around a subject.
Can I try BCNet for my own research purposes?
If you would like to try BCNet for your own research, we can set it up quickly. Just send us an email by using our Contact Form.
The article I’m reading makes no sense. What’s going on?
Reading articles written by algorithm is inherently imprecise. You will often find content that just doesn’t seem to go with the topic. We will point out that journalists find our technology very easy to use in quickly writing articles that have more depth and breadth than the average article. For putting together an article QUICKLY and having quick access to the original source links and article can be written in much less time that using a traditional search engine. For this reason, putting up with unrelated content is a minor inconvenience.