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Feldman Wins 2000 Excellence in Writing Award

Magazine article Information Today

Feldman Wins 2000 Excellence in Writing Award

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Bell & Howell Co.'s Information and Learning business unit has announced that Susan Feldman has won its annual Excellence In Writing award for her article "The Answer Machine," which appeared in the January 2000 issue of Searcher magazine (see http://www.infotoday.comjsearcher/jan00/feldman.htm).

The award, which was founded in 1982 to recognize writers whose works advance the use and understanding of information technology, was given at the December Online Information conference in London. Feldman was presented with a check for $1,500 in prize money, an all-expense-paid trip to the London conference, and an etched crystal bowl.

"The Answer Machine" imagines the information system of the future. The article explores technologies to create that system, starting with how we interact with the computer. Feldman discusses the search process itself and evaluates such techniques as natural language processing (NLP), NLP-based technologies, concept extraction and mapping, change monitoring, intelligent agents, speech recognition, and more. Appropriately applied, these tools, she suggests, "will find information, organize it, keep it up-to-date, forage for patterns, and present visual overviews for quick understanding. …

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