This is an automatic text summarizer by Martin Hassel -a Ph.D. Student in Theoretical Computer Science at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. His field is Computational Linguistics and his research topics are Automatic Text Summarization and Information Extraction/Retrieval.- and Hercules Dalianis -one of his supervisors.-
I have tested this resource with a text in English from the BBC about Madonna. The summary the machine has given to me is quite good but there are some important details missing. I think the procedure of the macchine is the following: it looks for the most repeated words -but always of an open class, the contentful ones-, propper names and quotations and then it selects a few paragraphs from the text. I find these kinds of resources quite useful, though, as I have said before, there are important details missing and it gives you the exact words from the original text. I mean, you have to check the summary and rewrite it in your own words.
With this tool you are given a summary of any text from the Internet (you have to enter the url) and what we humans have to do is just check a bit the content to see whether it is complete or there is something missing and change some structures and words. I think it is a good way of saving time and an interesting language resource as well.