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Susan Feldman Wins Excellence in Writing Award

Bell & Howell Information and Learning ( has announced that Susan Feldman has won its annual Excellence In Writing award for her article "The Answer Machine," which appeared in the January 2000 issue of Searcher magazine.

The award, which was founded in 1982 to recognize writers whose works advance the use and understanding of information technology, will be given at the Online Information conference in London on December 6. Bell & Howell Information and Learning will present Feldman with a check for $1,500 in prize money, an all-expense-paid trip to the London conference, and an etched crystal bowl.

Feldman's 18-page article imagines the information system of the future. It explores technologies to create that system, starting with how we interact with the computer. She discusses the search process itself and evaluates such techniques as natural language processing (NLP), NLP-based technologies, concept extraction and mapping, change monitoring, intelligent agents, speech recognition, and more. Appropriately applied, these tools, she suggests, "will find information, organize it, keep it up-to-date, forage for patterns, and present visual overviews for quick understanding."

Feldman is currently director of the Document and Content Technologies Research Program at IDC in Framingham, Massachusetts ( Prior to that, she was president of Datasearch, an independent information consulting firm specializing in the Internet and information-retrieval-related technologies, which she founded in 1981. Feldman is a frequent speaker and writer on such topics as search engines and intelligent agents. She earned an M.L.S. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in linguistics from Cornell University. She previously won the Excellence In Writing Award in 1998, also for an article published in Searcher.

Source: Bell & Howell Information and Learning

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