Posts about search engines
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 7, 2010 - 7:56pm
Aardvark, a social search company, is developing a new paradigm for Web searches that taps into social networks, not automated formulas, to provide answers to queries.
Article at NYT.com
Submitted by shelfcheck on November 12, 2009 - 10:22am
In a partnership to be initially rolled out in the United States, Bing plans to use data sets and algorithms from the computational knowledge engine to punch up its search results. Particular emphasis is being placed on Wolfram's quick calculations when it comes to nutrition and health information.
Story at BBC News
Submitted by birdie on October 22, 2009 - 9:02am
Twitter has signed deals to put messages sent via the microblogging service into the Microsoft and Google search indexes, BBC News reports.
The deals will see messages, or tweets, show up in Bing and Google search results almost as soon as they show up on Twitter.
Microsoft has moved quickly to set up a stand-alone Twitter search page accessible via its Bing site.
Google said its Twitter search service would debut within the next few months.
Submitted by birdie on September 22, 2009 - 5:08pm
The parties in the Google Book Search Settlement have asked the court to adjourn the scheduled October 7th fairness hearing, telling the court the parties intend to amend the deal. "Because the parties, after consultation with the DOJ, have determined that the Settlement Agreement that was approved preliminarily in November 2008 will be amended, plaintiffs respectfully submit that the Fairness Hearing should not be held, as scheduled, on October 7," reads a memorandum appended to the parties motion to adjourn.
"To continue on the current schedule would put the Court in a position of reviewing and having participants at the hearing speak to the
original Settlement Agreement, which will not be the subject of a motion for final approval." The court is expected to grant the motion. Publishers Weekly reports.
Submitted by birdie on September 2, 2009 - 5:38pm
Whether the Google books settlement passes muster with the U.S. District Court and the Justice Department, Google's book search is clearly on track to becoming the world's largest digital library. No less important, it is also almost certain to be the last one. Google's five-year head start and its relationships with libraries and publishers give it an effective monopoly: No competitor will be able to come after it on the same scale. Nor is technology going to lower the cost of entry. Scanning will always be an expensive, labor-intensive project. Of course, 50 or 100 years from now control of the collection may pass from Google to somebody else—Elsevier, Unesco, Wal-Mart. But it's safe to assume that the digitized books that scholars will be working with then will be the very same ones that are sitting on Google's servers today, augmented by the millions of titles published in the interim.
That realization lends a particular urgency to the concerns that people have voiced about the settlement —about pricing, access, and privacy, among other things. But for scholars, it raises another, equally basic question: What assurances do we have that Google will do this right?
More from Geoffrey Nunberg at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2009 - 10:21am
The Real-Time Library Academic libraries always had elements of Web 2.0 to them, but without the 2.0 technology. Much the same, the exchange of information in real-time (think phone and F2F reference) is not new to libraries, but now we have the convenience, immediacy and community presence of the real-time web world. We are poised to move there.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 18, 2009 - 12:48am
It may be far too early to pop the champagne on the Microsoft campus, but a celebration with a round of beers — the good stuff — may be in order.
More at the NYT Bits Blog
Submitted by birdie on August 13, 2009 - 1:34pm
NPR's Andy Carvin reports from "All Tech Considered"...
The American Civil Liberties Union announced today that they have settled out of court with two Tennessee school districts sued on behalf of local students for blocking classroom access to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Web sites. The lawsuit, as we reported last May, alleged that Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Knox County Schools violated the rights of three students by denying them access to LGBT sites, yet continued to allow access to sites that advocated "reparative therapy" programs that attempt to change a person's sexual orientation.
As part of the settlement, the school districts agreed to unblock the LGBT Web sites. If the districts re-block the sites at any time, the ACLU says it will bring the case back to court.
Submitted by birdie on August 3, 2009 - 9:27am
From MSN: “Search engines have pretty much transformed the way people get information,” says Patricia Wallace, psychologist and senior director of information technology at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.
“If you had a crazy question like ‘Why did my toenail fall off?’ 10 years ago, what would you have done? You might have gone to the library or maybe asked your doctor in an embarrassed sort of way, but you probably wouldn’t have asked a friend.”
Search engines, however, have become everybody’s favorite friend and confidante, a reliable ally that never flinches or judges or tells you you’re acting like a perv. "
Submitted by birdie on July 20, 2009 - 11:18am
Advance registration for the webinar scheduled Wednesday, July 29, 2 pm ET Time – 60 minutes.
The webinar is being promoted for publishers, but hey, why shouldn't librarians attend too...sponsors are Google (of course), AAP and PW.
Here's Google's blurb about it:
"In a webinar first, the leaders involved with the crafting of the Google Library Project Settlement will share with the publishing industry the benefits of the agreement for publishers and authors. If approved by the Court in October, the agreement will create one of the most far-reaching intellectual, cultural, and commercial platforms for access to digital books for the reading public, while granting publishers unprecedented opportunities and protections. Presented in collaboration with Google, The Association of American Publishers, and Publishers Weekly, the web session is a must-attend event for publishers everywhere."
Submitted by birdie on July 16, 2009 - 10:59am
Publishers Weekly would like your input on the Google Book Search Settlement (from PW) and they are conducting a survey designed to gather a broad view of how the Settlement is being viewed. For details on the proposed settlement (from Google), click here.
If you're interested, take a few minutes to answer this brief, targeted questionnaire to help gauge industry opinion on whether the settlement should be approved, modified or rejected. Note that you do not have to have standing in the suit to participate in the survey.
Please click on this link when you are ready to take the survey.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on July 8, 2009 - 10:23am
Google is set to debut an operating system based on Chrome. (via <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/08/technology/companies/08operate.html">New York Times</a>).
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 18, 2009 - 10:48am
Story in the NYT:
Religiously devout Jews barred by rabbis from surfing the Internet may now "Koogle" it on a new "kosher" search engine, the site manager said on Sunday.
Yossi Altman said Koogle, a play on the names of a Jewish noodle pudding and the ubiquitous Google, appears to meet the standards of Orthodox rabbis, who restrict use of the Web to ensure followers avoid viewing sexually explicit material.
The site, at www.koogle.co.il, omits religiously objectionable material, such as most photographs of women which Orthodox rabbis view as immodest, Altman said.
Its links to Israeli news and shopping sites also filter out items most ultra-Orthodox Israelis are forbidden by rabbis to have in their homes, such as television sets.
"This is a kosher alternative for ultra-Orthodox Jews so that they may surf the Internet," Altman said by telephone.
Story continued here.
Submitted by birdie on June 15, 2009 - 3:23pm
From Poynter Online:
When reporting on the unfolding story of the election in Iran (and it's possible irregularities), Twitter can be a useful tool for getting real-time context about what's happening and what people are thinking and saying.
As journalist Amy Gahran has written before, hashtags (short alphanumeric "labels" prefaced by "#") are a key tool for following any topic, breaking or otherwise, on Twitter.
The leading hashtag to follow appears to be #IranElection. But far more people are talking about this issue than reliably using the hashtag, so it's also useful to search Twitter for these keywords: Ahmadinejad, Mousavi, (or Moussavi), Iran, and Tehran. (Hashtags and keywords are not case-sensitive.)
That's one hashtag plus at least four keywords (more if you consider alternate spellings). Quite a bit to keep your eye on. Plus if you use a column-based Twitter tool such as Tweetdeck, Seesmic Desktop or Monitter, you only have a limited number of columns to work with. (Each column displays the results of only one search query.)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 10, 2009 - 11:39am
Bing has an image that shows on the main page. Each day it changes. If you think it is more professional to run a search engine that does not have an image displayed here is a link to Bing that does not include the image.
If you had not seen Bing before and want to see what it looks like with the image you can see that here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 1, 2009 - 1:07am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 21, 2009 - 10:27am
Submitted by effinglibrarian on May 20, 2009 - 8:37am
What makes a great search engine? The first rule apparently, is that it must have fewer letters than "Google."
Last year brought Cuil, and now Microsoft presentes Kumo. Or is it pronounced Kumo? (See? You don't know either.)
Kumo is named for the little boy in the Japanese anime, "My Clumsy Evil Fighting Sister from the Future is a Cat Robot."
But on the first rule, Microsoft is a success. Kumo definitely has fewer letters than Google. But it's still two syllables, so it's not any easier to say.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 7, 2009 - 10:19pm
Stephen Wolfram (New Kind of Science, Mathematica, etc.) is releasing a <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/">new semantic search engine</a> that "can pop out an answer to pretty much any kind of factual question that you might pose to a scientist, economist, banker, or other kind of expert...". Link <a href="http://www.hplusmagazine.com/articles/ai/wolframalpha-searching-truth">to story in <i>h+ Magazine</i> by Rudy Rucker</a>.