Information Retrieval


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

Submitted by Hermit on Sat, 04/27/2002 - 10:41

Search Engines:
  Single point search
box access to six of the top search engines focusing on news searches.
their strengths and weaknesses by searching ~library~
\'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\').
\'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.
2: RocketNews search link fixed.


Google claims 3 Billion Document Index

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 12/11/2001 - 18:02

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?

Submitted by Ieleen on Thu, 11/08/2001 - 13:43

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

Submitted by Ieleen on Tue, 08/14/2001 - 11:43

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

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/08/2001 - 15:32

Matt writes \"According to 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 on Searching the Web Like a Map and the tools you can use.

Unreliability of Health Information on the Web

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 05/23/2001 - 18:23

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.