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Adding Pinoy In The Web

The “Sino ka pinoy?” website showcases who the Filipino is.

By Richard Tiu (Ateneo M.S. ECE Student)


Figure 1. A screenshot of the "SIno Ka Pinoy" webpage

In our present information highway period, almost any kind of information can be retrieved in a matter of seconds. The famous term “google it”, is always used when a person needs to know about a certain word or phrase. Nowadays, when someone needs to research about a certain topic, he or she would mostly check the Internet first rather than go to the library or read textbooks. However at times, it can be very tedious to use the Internet for research because of identical phrases or keywords. The search engines we commonly use such as google or yahoo (only to name a few) would list down the more famous webpage for a certain phrase or keyword. In short, it would be easier for users to find the correct information if the topic he or she is looking for is famous or more viewed by other people. It takes more resilience or patience to look for more obscure web pages.

Almost anyone can put content in the Internet using different kind of websites, like Flickr, Multiply, Facebook, and the likes. However, these contents are usually viewed by a few hundred people or even less. Some websites like Jstore, or IEEE have abundance of content that can be used by students for their research but can only be accessed in their respective school because these websites require paid membership to access their database. Because of this, students tend to use search engines more to locate for websites that have the topic they need. Thus came the Wikipedia. Wikipedia is fast becoming the online information source and reference because of its abundance of information and free content; however, almost anyone can edit or write in it which brings the question of reliability. There are many websites however that can give free reliable content but are hard to find in search engines because they are not viewed by a large population.

Given the task of adding “Filipino” content to the Internet by FIT-Ed, a non-government organization in the Philippines, and some AdMU? ECE students built a video-rich website. The initial number of videos in the website was five hundred to test the capabilities of the server. The website’s name is “Sino Ka Pinoy?” The videos showcase different people from around the nation explaining what it means to be a Filipino. Thirty videos are randomly picked from the database and each video is accompanied by the name of the person, the gender of the person, the birth date of the person, the language used in the video, and the location where the video was taken. The whole database of the video can also be sorted by these categories. Once a video is selected, it would be shown in the player of the webpage while the categories are shown on the bottom of it.

Topic revision: r1 - 09 Sep 2008 - 04:29:19 - BearTiu
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