Posts about search engines
Submitted by birdie on March 22, 2009 - 11:44am
Google's top designer Doug Bowman quit the company to join Twitter. Mostly, Doug didn't like how much Google depends on data to make design decisions.
His basic complaint: "When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions." This is a portion of his blog post, find it at stop design.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on November 23, 2008 - 4:21am
OPPORTUNITIES for social networking abound on the Internet, but not when it comes to one standard job: using a browser and search engine to comb the Web for information. That task is still typically done solo, because browser displays and search procedures have traditionally been designed for a single user.
Now tools are being developed by Microsoft and other companies that let people at different computers search as a team, dividing responsibilities and pooling results and recommendations in a shared Web space on the browser display as they plan a family vacation, for instance, or research a medical problem.
Full story here.
Also in article: SearchTogether, by contrast, actively supports a group search, said Michael Twidale, an associate professor at the graduate school of library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who studies people’s strategies for conducting research jointly.
“SearchTogether addresses a real need,” he said. “People searching for information often want to interact with other people. But most of our information retrieval systems fail to recognize this.”
Submitted by anderskb on October 15, 2008 - 8:43pm
Thanks to the folks at Lifehacker for pointing out a new search engine, Kosmix. Kosmix has the potential to be extra-interesting for us library-types, who have a healthy respect for browsing as an information-finding method. Kosmix tries to "organize the web so that you can explore, learn and discover."
Submitted by Blake on September 22, 2008 - 3:28pm
We're setting up an interview for the podcast with President and Chief Operating Officer, Melek Pulatkonak of the Semantic Search Engine hakia.
Anything you'd like to know about hakia. Here's something that caught my eye on their site:
WHAT DEFINES A QUALITY RESULT?
Quality result satisfies three criteria simultaneously: It (1) comes from credible sources (verticals) recommended by librarians, (2) is the most recent information available, and (3) is absolutely relevant to the query.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 7, 2008 - 5:23pm
Margin of Safety: The Story of Poliomyelitis Vaccine was the #5 book in the "History" category. The book has been removed from the 2008 report. More details here.
Submitted by Blake on September 5, 2008 - 8:24am
I caught Just How Powerful Is Wikipedia? over on Seth Finkelstein's Infothought blog. Kelli Shaver whipped up a PHP script to check a list of search terms in Google to see if a Wikipedia link appeared on the first page of results. They ran the Long Top 1000 list from Wordtracker through the script first. The Long Top 1000 list contains the top thousand most searched for keywords over the past 130 days taken from a database of about 300 million searches. Unfortunately, the list has a ton of adult-related search terms, and Wordtracker’s “remove offensive content” filter is more or less useless.
Even so, they found that an amazing 50.2% of the top 1000 searches had a Wikipedia result on the first page. (That’s 502 out of 1000 for the math challenged.)
Submitted by Karl on August 22, 2008 - 10:39am
On public radio's Marketplace program yesterday, I heard this story about ChaCha, a mobile research service that we've seen discussed here before:   .
How can librarians compete with this service? Since many users seem to treat it as a joke, do we even need to? Discuss.
Submitted by webdonkey on July 30, 2008 - 11:10am
<A HREF="http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/07/twitterati-pan.html">Law Librarian Blog takes a look at Cuil</A>
Submitted by StephenK on July 28, 2008 - 2:23pm
While it may seem odd to note today compared to perhaps 1996 or 1997, a new search engine launched today. Cuil
is a search engine focusing more on analyzing text relevance over ranking pages as might Google
. Reactions seen on Twitter today were mixed such as those heard from Chad Haefele
, Karin Dalziel
, and Engadget's soon to be Editor-at-Large Ryan Block
CNET's Rafe Needleman wrote at his WebWare site
about the launch and how it was not the best. Needleman's post showed screenshots of strange results returned by Cuil. Dalziel also linked to a screenshot she posted on Flickr
Have you tried Cuil today? What is your reaction to the launch of this new search engine?
Submitted by Blake on July 8, 2008 - 7:31am
100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of: Beyond Google, Wikipedia and other generic reference sites, the Internet boasts a multitude of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks and databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. In this list, we’ve compiled just 100 of our favorites, for teachers, students, hypochondriacs, procrastinators, bookworms, sports nuts and more.
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2008 - 9:33am
iLibrarian continues to point at all sorts of good stuff. This time it's 100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of. Though the general Google site is often touted as the number one search engine online, college students sometimes need more specific tools to help them uncover quality information on the Web that they can use for class projects, research papers, and even job and apartment searches. This list features a huge variety of search engines that can be useful to students, including tools that find photos, sound effects, summer internships, health and medical information, reference guides, and a lot more.
Submitted by Daniel on June 19, 2008 - 9:00pm
Does your library blog answers to reference questions? Help me and James Jacobs of Stanford University build a Google Custom Search Engine of library Q&A sites. Help show off the combined expertise of librarians everywhere! For more details, please see http://freegovinfo.info/node/1888 or just add a Library Q&A blog in comments.
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2008 - 1:33pm
Book search winding down: "Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs. We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users.
Given the evolution of the Web and our strategy, we believe the next generation of search is about the development of an underlying, sustainable business model for the search engine, consumer, and content partner. "
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on January 30, 2008 - 1:05pm
A Law Librarian Blog <a href=""http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2008/01/law-prof-as-too.html">interview with PreCYdent's Thomas A. Smith (San Diego)</a> on the development and status of this new legal research search engine. Smith is asking for feedback on PreCYdent.