Frequently Asked Questions

How does Mashpedia work?

Each time you enter a valid topic, Mashpedia queries multiple APIs and web feeds (streams of content from different sources) in real-time and organize them in a structured interface. The content is then categorized in modules that can be accessed from the main left menu.

Mashpedia also displays semantic connections between topics, in form of links.

How is all this possible?

The web is continually growing more open and more social. Because of this, many websites have opened up programming interfaces (APIs) that allow developers to get at their core information, in exchange for attribution. Mashpedia has developed a technology to efficiently query, retrieve, categorize and display large amounts of digital contents and data in near real-time from multiple APIs and online information systems.

Do you have permission from third-party services to publish their content?

Yes. Most third-party sites Mashpedia queries, have given implicit permission and consent to reuse their content by offering public APIs and open scripts to publish or embed their content in other sites or applications. Other publisers, provide GPLs (General Public License) or non-restrictive Creative Commons copyright attributions, making it possible to legally use their content in our website.

Why did you choose the name Mashpedia?

A mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool.

Our name comes from the concept of Mashup and the "pedia" suffix comes from Encyclopedia, which reflects our approach of revolve thematically around specific topics instead of broader search terms or phrases.

Why did you make Mashpedia?

We would like to offer the world a new concept of online research, inspired by the new sense of openness and 'realtime-ness' that is currently spreading on the internet. People can now 'watch' topics happening in real-time: events are occurring, affairs are advancing, news are transforming our world at every minute, nothing seems to be static anymore.

New knowledge and meaningful digital content around it is created every minute, crowds are participating and collaborating online, supported on a new generation of web tools, services and networks; hence making most concepts evolve at a new faster pace, potentially revamping our interpretation of reality, to make it a more dynamic and efficient process. Mashpedia aims to serve as an effective medium for acquirement of this newly possible knowledge, providing a full scope of fresh information and content for every topic.

We think nowadays no company can claim monopoly over knowledge or information. Thus our vision to build a real-time topic explorer, leveraging on multiple sources of digital content simultaneously, where the output is more than the sum of its parts.

Is it free?

Yes, and it will always stay that way.

How can you mantain Mashpedia free?

By placing unobtrusive contextual ads

Why do I get not-related content in some topics?

Some ambiguous terms provide a few inaccurate elements at this point, due to the real-time nature of our application, but experimenting and trying to understand the dynamics involved will provide insight into the workings of Mashpedia and the eventual possibilities.

Is Mashpedia a realiable research tool for students?

Have in mind that Mashpedia gathers information and contents from third-party services, in near real-time, therefore students using it should be familiar with fact checking, verification, and crowdsourcing. Students shoud be taught to correctly verify sources and to understand the reliability of web materials, to be able to "separate the wheat from the chaff", a essential skill in an age of information.

How can I contact you?

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