Information Retrieval


FAQ Check

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 01:16

"On the Media" on NPR has this story:

FAQ Check

We've all become semi-experts in using search engines and search terms to get the information on the web. But how easy is it to ask a question in normal language and get the right answer? Several new services are trying to do just that. OTM producer Mark Phillips set out to get some answers.

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BiblioCommons Emerges: “Revolutionary” Social Discovery System for Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 12:49

Over at Library Journal Norman Oder Covers The Launch of BilbioCommons, a new social discovery system for libraries that replaces all user-facing OPAC functionality, allowing for faceted searching and easier user commenting and tagging, has gone live in Oakville, ON, a city of 160,000 outside Toronto.

If You Have a Problem, Ask Everyone

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 23:41

John Davis, a chemist in Bloomington, Ill., knows about concrete. For example, he knows that if you keep concrete vibrating it won’t set up before you can use it. It will still pour like a liquid.

Now he has applied that knowledge to a seemingly unrelated problem thousands of miles away. He figured out that devices that keep concrete vibrating can be adapted to keep oil in Alaskan storage tanks from freezing. The Oil Spill Recovery Institute of Cordova, Alaska, paid him $20,000 for his idea.

Das Wikipedia - Online Encyclopedia Will Go Into Print

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 08:56

According to Bertelsmann Lexicon, there are reasons why people will want to see a print version of the German Wikipedia. Guardian UK reports.

With a price tag of €19.95 , €1 from every Wikipedia Lexikon sold will be given to the German chapter of Wikimedia, the non-profit group behind Wikipedia, for the use of its name.

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 07:31

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.

Words,Extended: find, rank, read and cite textual information from the web

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Mon, 06/30/2008 - 08:24

Glenn Scheper is a software engineer, and gives away a freeware program he developed over the past ten years, which you can use to find, rank, read and cite textual information from the web. He says WordsEx.exe is easy to use, ergometric, and very powerful. He took a break from the laborious process of submitting it to
freeware hosting sites tonight, and thought he'd float mention of it to us, an LIS site, before embarking upon really promoting it by using it to discover all extant Library Information Science sites.

ChaCha Promises to Answer Any Reference Question Any Time

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 14:37

A new 24/7 service from ChaCha allows cell phone users on the go to ask a wide range of reference questions in conversational English and get answers free of charge. Each question is routed to a human guide who searches the Web for the information and within minutes returns the answer in a text message with a web reference link.