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Meerkat Overview. David Robb CSCI 7818: Topics in Software Engineering Fall 2001. Overview. Web-based syndicated content reader Focus on up-to-date technical news Stories sorted by update time Stories filtered by Category/Channel or search criteria Rich Site Summary (RSS) based

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meerkat overview

Meerkat Overview

David Robb

CSCI 7818: Topics in Software Engineering

Fall 2001

overview
Overview
  • Web-based syndicated content reader
  • Focus on up-to-date technical news
  • Stories sorted by update time
  • Stories filtered by Category/Channel or search criteria
  • Rich Site Summary (RSS) based
  • Relevant news in a single location
technical specifications
Technical Specifications
  • Perl backend
  • PHP frontend
  • Apache web server
  • MySQL database
behind the scenes features
Behind the Scenes Features
  • Maintains list of channels
  • Checks channel RSS file every hour to pull new stories
  • Pulls new technology related channels from aggregators
registration of channel
Registration of Channel
  • Meerkat doesn’t have a registration system currently
  • Register channel through aggregator
    • xmlTree: directory of content
    • Aggregator.Userland.com
front end features
Front End Features
  • Profiles/Mobs
    • Use to create groups and store articles according to relevance
    • Must be a registered user
  • Categories/Channels
    • Different groups of articles
    • Can list articles you want by selecting desired category and clicking refresh button
    • Not all Categories/Channels have current news
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Front End Features (continued)
  • Search For
    • Keyword search of title and description fields
    • Can change field to search by using drop down menu
  • Show Me
    • Select time frame of stories you want to see
    • From one hour to all stories ever posted
    • Displays 50 stories per page. Use < and > to move between pages
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Front End Features (continued)
  • Story
    • Displayed from newest to oldest
    • Title in bold with description underneath
    • Click on title to open a new window and read the full story from the source’s website
    • Same window is used to read each story
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Front End Features (continued)
  • Action
    • Icons located to the left of the story description
    • Click on the globe to open a new window and perform a web-based search on the title and key words in a story
    • Click on the magnifying glass to open a new window and search the source’s website for information similar to this story
    • Click on the ring of dots to add a story to your Mobs group
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Front End Features (continued)
  • Source
    • Name of the channel in which the story appears
    • Click on the source to view all stories from the same source
  • Category
    • Stories are categorized based on story content
  • Date
    • Date Meerkat first noticed the story and entered it into its database
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Useful aid for information retrieval
  • Provides timely, relevant information quickly
  • Provides easy web search
  • Doesn’t provide end to end path for information, but is a good starting point