Information Retrieval


Desktop Search: Reinventing the wheel?

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/01/2005 - 15:23

kmhess writes "On Jon Udell's blog, I found this story about how desktop search has been under our nose for years, but for some reason Microsoft 'broke' it and that's why the little doggie never finds anything.
Key info for me:"...even when the Windows indexer is enabled, a search won't use it unless you prefix the search term with an exclamation point." "

Next Evolution of Search Engines will Think with You

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/27/2005 - 15:41 sent along Seeking Better Web Searches from Scientific American. New search engines are improving the quality of results by delving deeper into the storehouse of materials available online, by sorting and presenting those results better, and by tracking your long-term interests so that they can refine their handling of new information requests.

Explaining the use of RSS or Atom Feeds in Research

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/13/2005 - 22:22

Carol Terry writes "Resource Shelf, Jan. 12, reports on a "must use" tool: Finding News Faster.This is a fabulous presentation, from Virtual Chase, on using "XML-Based Feeds in Research"."It starts with the basics--what they are, how to display them, and how to find them. It continues with sources and strategies for selecting feeds, or for creating keyword-specific feeds."It can be viewed or downloaded.

Next Generation Search Tools to Refine Results

Submitted by Ieleen on Mon, 08/09/2004 - 02:36

Although search engines have greatly enhanced access to information, and storage technology has made it cheap to digitize nearly everything, search tools need to be refined to make it easier to digest information or conduct queries. That was the word from researchers and speakers at the New Paradigms for Using Computers Conference, held at IBM's Almaden research lab here last week. Read More.

New Search Technology Introduced

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 07/23/2004 - 20:58

search engine optimization writes "Check out
It's fancy New Search Technology that works with any Domain name. You use it by replacing the "www" with a search term and SERPs appear. For example, trying, It automatically interprets and calculates separate individuals words that are combined into one word. More Here."

Flawed Online Searches Cost Businesses $31 Billion Last Year

Submitted by rudimyers on Wed, 06/23/2004 - 00:44

According to a survey released by FIND/SVP, 84% of business executives feel that Web searches -- using the generally consumer-centric search engines now available --take longer than they should due to poor results. It is estimated that the loss of productive time using search engines to conduct online research cost businesses $31 billion last year.


Clustering search engine

Submitted by rochelle on Fri, 06/18/2004 - 13:12

nbruce writes "Try the Vivisimo search. It has a clustering feature that is very nice--reminds me of what librarians try to do with cross references and referrals.I tried "academic libraries" getting 141, with clusters referring to research libraries (26), public and academic libraries (14), various directories, associations etc. But some libraries have embedded the term so I also got specific libraries like Texas A&M and Abilene Christian."