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Title: The syzygy surfer: (Ab)using the semantic web to inspire creativity

Authors: James Hendler; Andrew Hugill

Addresses: Department of Computer Science and Cognitive Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY 12180, USA ' Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, 1, The Gateway, LEI 9BH, Leicester, UK

Abstract: This article discusses our development of a new web engine, the syzygy surfer, which aims to induce a search/browsing experience that is more creative than traditional search. We do this by purposefully combining the ambiguity of natural language with the precision of semantic web technologies. Here, we set out the framework for our investigation and discuss the context and background ideas that are informing the research. This paper offers some preliminary examples taken from our work in progress on the device and suggests the way ahead for future developments and applications.

Keywords: semantic web; web search; web browsing; pataphysics; panalogy; syzygy surfer; clinamen; anomaly; creativity; natural language.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCRC.2013.056926

International Journal of Creative Computing, 2013 Vol.1 No.1, pp.20 - 34

Published online: 31 Jul 2014 *

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