I worked with Tony Kent for more than 10 years, while we developed and sold <> before his very untimely death in 1998. At the same time I was running Trend Monitor, the first information refinery. At the first annual Strix awards lecture sponsored by Google, I will be sharing what we learned during this period, and despite the terrible setback, how we are still working towards realising the vision.
Just to give a flavour of Tony -- one the pioneers of online free text retrieval systems in the late 1960s -- here is a typical quote from a very rare article he wrote in 1991.
"I will no doubt be accused of elitism ifI expressed my long held view that the processes of information management and retrieval can never be simplified to a point where they may be conducted by half-wits (which is why incidentally it is a waste of time and effort to sweat blood building pretty user interfaces and the like).
“Finding useful information is an intelligent process requiring intelligent people because, at the end of the day only the intelligent can recognise what is useful.”
<> fulltext database source code will be made open source during Tony Kent Strix Annual Lecture.
First annual Tony Kent Strix awards lecture
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