I’ve been thinking about what it would look like if you could auto-enable certain names in a text – as in the Sunlight Foundation’s PopUp Politicians – with information continually being compiled somewhere else.
I made this demo out of the examples on the mjt website plus some jQuery to slide the influence data from Freebase in and out of a text. It’s kind of relating back to the original intention of hypertext (as the digital extension of annotation and footnoting) except that you no longer have to interrupt the visual context of the original page.
This is not automating the searching for names and enabling, just building tables for names that I selected. You don’t have to login to Freebase to see the demo because I’ve hardcoded the results into the HTML – running real queries is actually easier.