Friday, October 5, 2007

Select your favorite content sources

Sure, it's great with thousands upon thousands of content sources aggregated into one service. But sometimes you may want to check out a single source, or a limited number, or want to compare one set of sources with another. Well, in Silobreaker you can do exactly that by setting up your own publication filters and then by bookmarking the pages enable the source-customizations to be used more than once.

Here is how you do it:

Click on "Advanced Search Options" under the search box to expand the column. In the field under "Select Publications" start typing the name of the source you would like to use (see picture below). Once you have found the source, select it and click on the "add" button.

Repeat the steps as explained above for each source you want to add to your list.

When you have completed your selections, click on the "search" button.

You're done! Any search on the page you've just created is now limited to the sources that you selected.

Now bookmark the page for future use.

Click here to go to the page in this example.

If you can't find a source, please let us know about it. Simply request a source by emailing us at

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Monday, October 1, 2007

The “new” open source intelligence and Silobreaker

The Tsunami that struck South East Asia on December 26th 2004 was a wakeup call for the world in many aspects. Hurricane Katrina that struck New Orleans 8 months later was another. The crisis in Darfur is here and now.

The heartbreaking stories about human loss and torn-apart families will eventually fade. The insights about what was really working in information matters will live on in the ways how we need to interact with information, knowledge and intelligence. Governments’ slow decision cycles, below-par information management and in some cases extremely hierarchical fears makes them slow to respond. Media are a little bit faster but the proliferation of information and the global scope make the validation of what people need to find, know and understand extremely complex.

But this is the world we all live in. Instabilities such as war, terrorism, environment, crime, disease, human rights issues, political upheaval, and natural disasters are global and affect us all. There is a lot we do not know and cannot foresee, but many times the writing is on the wall somewhere in the world, if we just know how and where to look for it....

Click here to read the full article from Mats Bjore, Director of Silobreaker and former Founder and Head of the Open Source Intelligence Section at the Swedish Headquarters Military Intelligence & Security Service.

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