Sustained Silent Reading
Sustained Silent Reading was a 2010 installation at the Gottesman Library at Columbia University. This project was built while I was the artist-in-residence at EdLab, at Teachers College. Sited in a tucked-away corner of the library, the system uses semantic analysis to 'read' through a base of content.

The system uses OpenCalais - a web service that aims to enable the semantic web. You can send it any unstructured text, and it will return you a list of elements: people, countries, organizations, etc. Perhaps most interestingly, it attempts to extract relationships, which allows us to get a glimpse of more than just the top-level structure of the text.

I've built a tool in Processing which will take any text source and build a 'content map' showing these elements and relations.
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