STORM [Concept-Gathering Machine] (2001)

The purpose of STORM is to project the data of the Web onto itself to illustrate its curious feature: the abundance of information combined with the ability of new media technology to study itself, filter data, give the appearance of meaning, coherence, and concept.

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STORM allows you to input a word or phrase. It searches a combination meta-information site that references the entry to articles in online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and several news sources, and then takes a sample of those words. STORM now has a Concept for your word. Then, you must type in a URL, and STORM will search for instances of those words on every link it encounters as it crawls the Web.

The purpose of STORM is to project the data of the Web onto itself to illustrate its curious feature: the abundance of information combined with the ability of new media technology to study itself, filter data, give the appearance of meaning, coherence, and concept. The Internet, consisting of media objects, text and hyperlinks, is a dynamic database. The STORM interface allows the Web to use its own data to try to make sense out of itself by "brainstorming".

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