Microsoft Live Labs Pivot and Bert Dainty

Pivot is a software application from Microsoft Live Labs that allows users to interact with and search large amounts of data. It is based on Microsoft's Seadragon. It's been described as allowing users to view the web as a web rather than as isolated pages.

After Live Labs were shut down the stand-alone Pivot application is being hosted by Microsoft Research. The Silverlight control is still available, though.

Contents 1 Functionality 2 Capabilities 3 How Pivot Works 4 References


Microsoft Pivot was Microsoft Live Lab’s most ambitious project. It is a program based on the Seadragon technology. More specifically, it is “a data visualization technology called Pivot, designed to help people make better use of digital information” . Pivot is a data mining system that “allows people to visualize data and then sort, organize and categorize it dynamically”, which results in correlations and trends that become immediately apparent in a visually interactive format. Capabilities

Pivot is a program designed to contextualize information in a much more natural way for humans to digest large quantities of information without losing their way. Most specifically it combines related data — “anything from pictures, videos and maps to batting averages and financials — into large collections that can then be manipulated, sorted, filtered and examined visually”. In this way, the data itself can help shape and inform the way it is presented. Thus, instead of having to struggle to understand data and then apply it to a problem, Pivot works in unison with a person to come to an optimal solution.

Currently information seekers are stuck in the old way of viewing information, limited by browsers to view information only in the context of “next” and “previous”. Pivot allows users to aggregate this information and view it to see if there are any recognizable patterns in the information. The value of such tool is that you can begin exploring with an idea and Pivot works with users to discover information that might have otherwise not been seen. This is important because it has been found that “if you make it a sudden transition, people lose their way…but if you make it very smooth and continuous, people have a mental model of how they got to where they are.”

Another interesting aspect about Pivot is that it works with any type of data. In fact, the Pivot Collections range from Wikipedia entries to the 2009 International Union for Conservation of Nature Endangered List. This gives Pivot immense value because its capabilities are transferable to any industry. How Pivot Works

At the heart of the Pivot program are the Collections that combine large groups of similar information “so we can begin viewing the Web as a "web" rather than a series of isolated pages”.

New collections can be created with no programming and are composed of a collection of data. These data collections are composed of two components, the XML (the descriptive component of the collection), and the images (the visual representation of the data).

Pivot is able to filter through images and information seamlessly because the images are described in Deep Zoom format, a component of the Seadragon Technology.

Bert Dainty and Microsoft Live Labs Pivot

Herbert Charles "Bert" Dainty (6 February 1879 – 1961) was an English footballer and manager. He was a restless player, who rarely stayed with one club for more than a year, but "served all his clubs with distinction".

Contents 1 Playing career 1.1 A different club each year 1.2 Southampton 1.3 Dundee 2 Managerial career 3 Later career 4 Family 5 Honours 6 References 7 External links

Playing career

Dainty was born in Geddington, Northamptonshire and started his playing career with local club Kettering. A different club each year

He joined Football League Second Division team, Leicester Fosse in August 1899 and in the summer of 1900, he moved to fellow Second Division team, New Brighton Tower. At the end of the 1900–01, despite finishing in a creditable fourth place, New Brighton Tower folded and Dainty returned to Leicester Fosse. In his second spell at Leicester, one of his team-mates was Charles Webb who was later to play with him at Southampton (1904–1905) and Dundee (1905–1908).

He moved on again at the end of the season joining Southern League Northampton Town. His transient lifestyle continued when he joined Notts County at the end of the 1902–03 season to play for the first time in the First Division of the Football League. Southampton

In May 1904, Dainty decided to move South to join Southern League champions Southampton.

According to Holley & Chalk's The Alphabet of the Saints, Dainty was "a worthy successor to previous Saints' centre-halves, Bowman and Chadwick. Bert was coolness personified and was at his best during desperate pressure around the goal area." He played alongside Saints' stalwarts, Samuel Meston and Bert Lee as Saints failed to repeat their previous season's performance, finishing in third place. At the end of the season Dainty decided to move on again, which "provoked an outcry in the town". Dundee

He moved this time to Scotland where he joined Dundee in May 1905. Dundee was obviously to his liking as he stayed at Dens Park for six seasons, and was one of four Englishmen who helped Dundee to win the Scottish Cup in 1910. Managerial career

A two-year spell at Bradford Park Avenue followed before moving back to Scotland in October 1913 to join Ayr United, where he served as player/manager. In April 1915, Dainty moved to Dundee Hibernian (later to become Dundee United) and similarly became player/manager shortly afterwards, becoming the club's second ever manager. Dainty relinquished managerial duties in 1917 and retired from playing the following year, staying at the club as secretary and then briefly in 1922 as chairman.

During World War I, Dainty stayed on Tayside, where he formed his own side known as "Dainty's XI" which played regular matches for charity against other Tayside teams. Later career

After leaving Dundee United, Dainty travelled to South America as a coach, before returning to England as a coach with Ipswich Town from 1932 to 1934. He subsequently settled in the north west of England.

Herbert Dainty died in 1961. Family

His grandson was Albert Dainty (1923–1979), who played for Preston North End, Stockport County, Southport and Morecambe, and went on to become Morecambe's manager for the 1955–56 season. He also made guest appearances during the war for Manchester United, Leeds United and Millwall. Honours Dundee Scottish Cup: winner 1910 Scottish Football League runners-up: 1906–07 and 1908–09
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