The tool “ots” simply is an open source tool for summarizing texts content.
You can install it on your Linux box with: “apt-get install libots0 libots-dev”
http://libots.sourceforge.net – Here you will also find the academic publications around that topic.
Example usage: cat myarticle.txt | ots –ratio 5
This command would summarize the article, giving the 5% of the article which is most important and return the summary.
This blog-post (http://blog.wired.com/business/2008/05/microsoft-cans.html) would be summarized by the above command to:
“Microsoft said today it plans to phase out its book scanning effort, an initiative launched less than three years ago.” – Nice!