From Web Summaries tosearch templates

Automation for personal tasks on the Web

Mira Dontcheva,1 Steven M. Drucker,2 David Salesin,1,3 Michael F. Cohen21Adobe Systems2Microsoft Research3University of Washington


This chapter describes the Web Summaries system, which is designed to aid people in accomplishing exploratory Web research. Web Summaries enables users to produce automation artifacts, such as extraction patterns, relations, and personalized task-specific search templates, in the context of existing tasks. By leveraging the growing amount of structured Web pages and pervasive search capabilities Web Summaries provides a set of semiautomatic interaction techniques for collecting and organizing personal Web content.

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