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A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future.
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A Yahoo Research tool mines news archives for meaning—illuminating past, present, and even future events. Showing news stories on a timeline has been tried before. But Time Explorer
, a prototype news search engine created as a venture of Yahoo's Research Lab
and the Living Knowledge Project
, generates timelines that will stretch into the future as well as the past. Here is what a search for MetaFilter
produces."Time Explorer was built using a collection of 1.8 million articles released by the New York Times stretching from 1987 to 2007 to stimulate research into new ways of exploring news coverage. Although Time Explorer currently only works with old news, it could also be used to explore new coverage. The service would be best deployed as a tool that works off of the topics in a breaking story. The Yahoo Research Lab is working on adding more up-to-date news sources, as well as content from blogs and other sites to Time Explorer's scope."