Information Retrieval

Digital memories: we can forget them for you wholesale!

Pete writes "This essay _digital_memories/from The Register asks whether we ought to give pause before rushing headlong into the "digital revolution.""Hardly any of the potential consequences of our move to digital products and services are given a moment's thought. Instead, we're encouraged to greet each new launch with enthusiasm, by a popular press which itself is as about as critical of digital products as a child is of Father Christmas. As long as the gifts keep coming, why should one question either the mechanics or the economics behind them?But one of the more awkward questions is what happens to "Our Stuff", once we trust it to the digital void.""

Desktop Search: Reinventing the wheel?

kmhess writes "On Jon Udell's blog, I found this story about how desktop search has been under our nose for years, but for some reason Microsoft 'broke' it and that's why the little doggie never finds anything.

Key info for me:"...even when the Windows indexer is enabled, a search won't use it unless you prefix the search term with an exclamation point."


Next Evolution of Search Engines will Think with You sent along Seeking Better Web Searches from Scientific American. New search engines are improving the quality of results by delving deeper into the storehouse of materials available online, by sorting and presenting those results better, and by tracking your long-term interests so that they can refine their handling of new information requests. In the future, search engines will broaden content horizons as well, doing more than simply processing keyword queries typed into a text box. They will be able to automatically take into account your location--letting your wireless PDA, for instance, pinpoint the nearest restaurant when you are traveling. New systems will also find just the right picture faster by matching your sketches to similar shapes. They will even be able to name that half-remembered tune if you hum a few bars.

So what will this do to the SEO folks?

Smithsonian + Microsoft writes
TechWeb and CCNews report "Microsoft and the Smithsonian said Tuesday that they'd struck a deal where the national museum's Folkways Recordings -- a catalog of some 35,000 historic songs and speeches -- will be available for sale and downloading from the MSN Music online store.The new Smithsonian section of MSN Music offers up tunes from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Big Bill Broonzy, and non-musical tracks from such luminaries as Martin Luther King, Jr. and FDR."

Explaining the use of RSS or Atom Feeds in Research

Carol Terry writes "Resource Shelf, Jan. 12, reports on a "must use" tool: Finding News Faster.This is a fabulous presentation, from Virtual Chase, on using "XML-Based Feeds in Research"."It starts with the basics--what they are, how to display them, and how to find them. It continues with sources and strategies for selecting feeds, or for creating keyword-specific feeds."It can be viewed or downloaded. Highly Recommended."

China's largest search engine developed by Students

Mooret writes "This search engine is developed by students at my local university.

It's called Renjo and has currently the largest chinese index out there on the web. On top of that it clusters results."

Next Generation Search Tools to Refine Results

Although search engines have greatly enhanced access to information, and storage technology has made it cheap to digitize nearly everything, search tools need to be refined to make it easier to digest information or conduct queries. That was the word from researchers and speakers at the New Paradigms for Using Computers Conference, held at IBM's Almaden research lab here last week. Read More.

New Search Technology Introduced

search engine optimization writes "Check out
It's fancy New Search Technology that works with any Domain name. You use it by replacing the "www" with a search term and SERPs appear. For example, trying, It automatically interprets and calculates separate individuals words that are combined into one word. More Here."

Funny, zero results returned for anything I try to search, gives a great error message though. I just don't get it.

Cops Get Info from Handhelds

Here's an article from about how police officers are using handheld devices to retrieve information on the spot.

The next minute, he knows who your relatives are, who lives in your house, who your neighbors are, the kind of car you drive or boat you own, whether you've been sued and various other tidbits about your life.

Flawed Online Searches Cost Businesses $31 Billion Last Year

According to a survey released by FIND/SVP, 84% of business executives feel that Web searches -- using the generally consumer-centric search engines now available --take longer than they should due to poor results. It is estimated that the loss of productive time using search engines to conduct online research cost businesses $31 billion last year.



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