Development of a user friendly natural language search capability for the prototype Central Florida Mosaic Interface database, while expanding that database to include six central Florida cities.
This proposal is for a Level II grant for $50,000 to complete the second phase of the Central Florida Mosaic Interface (CFMI). The intellectual foundation for the CFMI is based on and will address two issues: regional identity in Central Florida, and the problem of usability of interactive websites for specific audiences. Regional identity is being addressed through already-funded public humanities projects based on Central Florida history. The content from these established projects will funnel into the CFMI. Usability will be addressed through the unique tools for bridging the gap between accessibility and practicability, including natural language search capabilities, tools for extracting relationships, and interpretive information aimed toward casual users and beginning researchers. The second phase specifically entails incorporating natural language search capabilities into the functionality of the database and expanding the base of sources.