Information Retrieval


Microsoft to Google: Move Over, We're Gonna Do Book Search Too

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 12/07/2006 - 15:37

The latest technology news from PC World and The Sydney Morning Herald report that tech heavyweight Microsoft is planning on launching "a US test of Live Search Books featuring tens of thousands of out-of-copyright books, including works held by the British library and major universities in Toronto and California."

Could Digitalization Cause a Void in History?

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 11/21/2006 - 15:42

Search Engines WEB sends us something from TechDirt "Even if you can store the data perfectly forever, without the right applications, it's meaningless. Matt Sullivan writes in with yet another article on the topic, this time from Popular Mechanics, that suggests we could be facing a "digital ice age" as plenty of data from this era of history are lost to bad archiving capabilities."

College Students Can't Search Effectively

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 11/17/2006 - 07:52

shoe writes "Via Slashdot comes an article confirming something we as librarians see every day on the front lines... People (in this case, college students) are unable to evaluate web resources for things like objectivity, timeliness or audience. And (don't scream) they can't narrow down a search. Who'd a thunk it?"

Change Afoot for the New York Public Library Reading Room

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 08/18/2006 - 01:08

Shelves are empty, but not because of missing or stolen books. The reading room at the New York Public Library is letting go of the outdated ordering system created by John Shaw Billings, the library system's director from 1896 (the year after it was founded)until his death in 1913, and replacing it with a system people might actually understand.

Microsoft "Academic Live" - well, is LIVE!

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 04/12/2006 - 11:50 writes " Windows Live Academic is now in beta. We currently index content related to computer science, physics, electrical engineering, and related subject areas.Academic search enables you to search for peer reviewed journal articles contained in journal publisher portals and on the web in locations like citeseer.Academic search works with libraries and institutions to search and provide access to subscription content for their members.

Corporate Alzheimer's: Coping With Forgotten File Formats

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/11/2006 - 05:12 Asks What if the file formats in which we save text documents, spreadsheets, charts and presentations -- all that stuff generated by so-called productivity software -- were not supported by future versions of the programs used to create them today, or by some as-yet-unimagined successor products? Could drifting file formats cause a kind of corporate Alzheimer's that threatens our ability to recall contracts, insurance policies, financial records, payroll data and other critical documents?