Text mining for meaning

The more content we have to scan daily, the harder it becomes to sift out the most important things. Calais is a simple text mining tool that analyses an input text and tells us the topic it is about, the entities it contains (cities, companies, countries, currencies, organizations, people, political events, positions, religion), the events and facts. It shows us a combination of the most important tags, so we can determine if the text is of further interest to us before we read it. Entity keywords are underlined in specific colors, so we can more easily find the place at which they occur. This is a useful tool that can help us spend less time on less relevant texts or ones that would otherwise take too long to read.

Such initiatives are great because the speed with which we create content now has left behind our capability to deal with obsolete one and in general to understand things.