Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Summary is Worth a Thousand of Words


summary is a shortened version of the original. The main purpose of such a simplification is to highlight the major points from the genuine (much longer) subject, e.g. a text, a film or an event. The aim is to help the audience get the gist in a short period of time. (Wikipedia)

The way we learn, remember and quickly recall has a strong relationship to the way we are able to process information without overloading our senses.

If our goal in understanding information is to quickly extract and convey meaning, then the use of summaries is essential. 

Visual Summaries are the key to understanding and reducing complex information to indispensable facts.

Here is an example - a Visual Summary of this post - how visualization helps with spotlighting the key topics and facts at a glance. Just click on the + sign next to the keywords to see the details:


To navigate the Visual Summary:
 * click on any + or - next to a keyword in the map
 * or click on the Expand All or Collapse All buttons.   

 We can say that summaries are the essence of ideas and that summarized information represents the author's best goals and intentions.

The act of instantly summarizing a web page can be an accelerator to quick understanding. By seeing the keywords in context, we, the readers, can quickly understand, connect and retain new information.

Visual Summary created by WebSummarizer

A Summary is Worth a Thousand of Words

Summarization is relevant to all information workers, irrespective of their expertise.

When we read, we always have to parse the text. We read and re-read to extract the main statements. We underline important ideas and arguments according to the main statement.  We work hard to assemble all the pertinent facts in logical order. And once all of this is done we then check if the summary reflects the original conclusions.

All of these hard and time consuming tasks can be greatly facilitated with the use of WebSummarizer. With the click of a button, the essential keywords, sentences and context are revealed and highlighted. The keywords serve as a back-of-the-book index to the key statements and facts.

You may think about the WebSummarizer summaries as an instant help in making sense by focusing on the key facts and conclusions only.

WebSummarizer summaries allow busy people to save time. It helps them to daily sift through copious amounts of information and rapidly review, compare and analyze information.

About WebSummarizer
WebSummarizer provides tools to VISUALIZE and SUMMARIZE web pages and documents.

The results are presented as interactive Visual Summaries,  Tree Views and a Keyword Clouds and can be downloaded easily published in blogs and websites

The Visual Summary can be navigated in any browser on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

The Keyword Cloud is linked with Wikipedia Knowledge Base. When you click on the keyword in the cloud you will be presented with an instant Visual Summary. 
You can summarize text in English, French, German and Spanish.


The keywords and summaries are easily exported to other applications such as word editors, browsers, mind mapping applications like Mindjet MindManager, MindGenius, XMind, and any other mind mapping application. 

FREE Trial here: WebSummarizer

About WebSummarizer:
WebSummarizer is a powerful text mining and visualization application.  It offers rapid summarization of web pages and documents, creation of personal and corporate knowledge bases

The summarization results are presented as:
•   Visual Summaries
•   Visual Knowledge Maps
•   Tree Views (structured text)
•   Keywords Cloud, and
•   Visual Summaries and Visual Knowledge Maps can be exported to HTML, word editors and mind mapping applications. 

You can summarize text in English, French, German and Spanish.

         VISUALIZE and SUMMARIZE web pages and documents with WebSummarizer.

BlogSummarizerWebSummarizer and WikiSummarizer are products of Context Discovery Inc.

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