Information Retrieval

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F.B.I. Database Information Retrieval Issues

Richard Feldman writes \"NY TIMES has a story entitled \"Computer System That Makes Data Secure, but Hard to Find\".Does someone want to attempt to keep track of the media coverage of this story? \"

\"This notion of not having information shouldn\'t be an excuse going forward,\" said Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google Inc., the Internet search firm that enables millions of Internet users to sift through billions of Web pages daily. \"As big as the government is,\" Mr. Schmidt said, \"the Web is bigger.\"

Clustering With Search Engines

LLRX writes \"In Part I of her article, Clustering With Search Engines, Tara Calishain addresses how seven search engines gather results into groups around a certain theme or via keywords.
In the June 3 issue of LLRX.com
\"

News Search Engines: AllTheWeb, Daypop, Google, Altavista, RocketNews, Moreover.

News
Search Engines:
  Single point search
box access to six of the top search engines focusing on news searches.
HavenWorks.com/news/search

Compare
their strengths and weaknesses by searching ~library~
in:

~RocketNews~
\'wins\', ~AllTheWeb~
a contender, ~Daypop~
Cohen @ top when I searched, ~Altavista~
included thumbnails (cool:-), ~Google~
\'sort by date\' button in top right corner,  ~Moreover~
the technology behind Altavista (and a lot of other news \'portals\').

RocketNews.com
\'won\' with the most results returned, though that can be \'set\' by choosing
the number of \'days\' back it searches.

! Updated:  
Initially I had Google down as last -- That was my error, I was using the
code for the general search engine and not the news subsection.

>Update
2: RocketNews search link fixed.

LISNews
Keyword:
search
engine

-Hermit
;-)

LISNews Keyword Access Points: Preset Searches.

Quigo, an Engine for Searching the Deep Web

Genie Tyburski writes \"Chris Sherman, Associate Editor, Searchday, writes an introduction to the search technology behind Quigo. Quigo is taking on the task of indexing database content on the Web. \"


There are many other good search engine related stories on the site as well.

Rules of Information are an Easy Reach

ExLibris editor, Marylaine Block, has written an article on what separates information seekers from information professionals, and how the secret to information seeking success is a matter of knowing where to look. More

Google claims 3 Billion Document Index

Hermit ;-) writes \"When did I blink!? Google is claiming a \'3 Billion Document Index... [and a] 20 Year Usenet Archive\' Google Press Release and have enhanced their \'News results\' inclusion \'whenever a search is conducted on a timely topic.\' This leaves WiseNut in the dust, which, along with Teoma had been getting billed as potential competitors for Google. WooHoo!!! \"

Does Digital Divide Rhetoric Do More Harm Than Good?

For The Chronicle, Jeffrey Young writes...

\"Warnings about a continuing \"digital divide\" could be doing more harm than good to African-Americans and other minority groups, portraying them as technophobic charity cases who lack the desire to adopt new technologies on their own. That\'s the conclusion some scholars are reaching as they study issues of race and technology.\" more

Searching for Google\'s Successor

Wired News is reporting today about the goal of some new search engines that hope to \"beat Google at its own game.\" Google users love it. It\'s simple to use, and because it is the largest URL database, it returnes a high number of results. But, as the article points out, \"Google has a major flaw: It returns too many results. Most of Google\'s results are irrelevant, and it is too difficult to wade through them all.\" more...

SearchShots provides Screenshot Previews of Search

Matt writes \"According to iaslash.org Searchshots.com provides screenshots for 1.3 million results. Uses the Open Directory project for the backend database.

Check out This for a sample from the library section.
\"


Also a somewhat related story from About.com on Searching the Web Like a Map and the tools you can use.

Search Engine Payola!

Ralph Nader\'s Commercial Alert has accused Hotbot and other search engines of ordering query results based on fees paid to them:


COMMERCIAL ALERT, a 3-year-old group founded by consumer activist Ralph Nader, asked the FTC to investigate whether eight of the Web’s largest search engines are violating federal laws against deceptive advertising. The group said that the search engines are abandoning objective formulas to determine the order of their listed results, and selling the top spots to the highest bidders without making adequate disclosures to Web surfers. . . The complaint touches a hot-button issue affecting tens of millions of people who submit search queries each day. With more than 2 billion pages and more than 14 billion hyperlinks on the Web, search requests rank as the second most popular online activity after e-mail. [More from MSNBC].

Thanks again to the invaluable geeks at Slashdot :)

Unreliability of Health Information on the Web

Stephen Francoeur writes \"The NY Times reports in this story on the findings of a study published this week in the JAMA about the unreliability of health information on the Web. \"


Not too suprising, I guess, they found that most of the time, health information on the Internet is hard to find, hard to read and often incorrect or incomplete, even on the best sites.

Is Iwon worth it?

The fabulous Greg Notess wrote this article about the value of iwon as a tool for librarians. It was published in Online Magazine.
\"The iWon approach has proved successful for the company, and for those few lucky cash prize winners, but it leads to many questions for the information professional. How can it fit in with the other Net searching tools in our arsenals? What does it search? How can it be used effectively? And what unique ethical dilemmas does it cause? This month\'s column takes a look at some of these issues, as well as at some of the unique ways in which iWon has approached the problem of search.\"

Smarter Searching: AltaVista Debuts Online Newsstand

Michael Liedtke [writes...]
AltaVista will add an online newsstand to its main index Monday to make its results more topical and useful to surfers looking for up-to-the-minute information.

With the new service, Palo Alto-based AltaVista will automatically produce the top stories related to search requests. Clicking on a news center at the top search page will provide a complete index of all the latest online stories about the requested topic.

The new feature, licensed from San Francisco-based Moreover, addresses a glaring shortcoming for even the most powerful search engines. [more...]

Context Providers Add Texture to Your Surf

The complaint that there is no context to validate the credibility of what we find online is creating an opportunity for a new breed of \"context providers.\" Two of them are profiled in this article on Traffick - a look at SiteSherpa and Project Napa.

Web Hoaxes and Misinformation

Be sure to check out the feature article in this months Searcher Magazine. Paul S. Piper discusses many aspects of web site evaluation and misinformation. There is also a nice list of sites that track these Internet hoaxes. A must read for public librarians.\"Misinformation on the Internet is, and will always be, a problem. One of the attributes of the Internet — the fact that nearly anyone can publish on it — creates an environment of freedom and simultaneously an environment that lacks quality control. That lack of quality control often requires the Internet user to perform the filtering done for us transparently in magazines, newsletters, journals, encyclopedias, books, and so on.\"

A Little Searching Help

Here is an article from Newsbytes about those \"Ask A\" services that companies like Webhelp.com seem to think will rule the web searching realm in the future. A word to the wise when using these services...patience, patience, patience.\"After about six minutes, Shawn showed me a page with general information on Dalmatians and asked if this was what I was looking for. I said, \"No, I wanted to buy a Dalmatian.\"

About six or seven minutes later Shawn returned with a list of Dalmatians for sale on eBay.\"

Tool Kit for the Expert Web Searcher

Pat Ensor
writes \"Prominent LITA leader Pat Ensor has
developed a succinct, streamlined guide to the best
tools to use for searching for information on the World
Wide Web. Ensor, chair of the Library and Information
Technology Association\'s Top Technology Trends
Committee, developed this tool kit after finding that
there are very few places on the Web to find constantly
updated recommendations about which search
engines, subject guides, and other resources are most
effective in producing fast, relevant, and authoritative
results for information-seekers. The Tool Kit for
the Expert Web Searcher can be accessed at l
ita.org
\"

A Gnu Kind of Search

ABCnews.com has this neat article on a possible new type of search engine based on file swapping software.
\" The loose group of open-source programmers responsible for the controversial Gnutella file-swapping software have turned their technology into what they say is a powerful new Web search tool.\"

Old and New Clash at Search Engine Conference

Chris Sherman describes the whirlwind proceedings at the Fifth Annual Search Engine Conference at this Information Today article. He assures us that the sessions generated more heat than light.

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