This is the title of a new cross-industry white paper from the e-Data Quality Working Group in the States. It stresses that – as library users conduct an increasing number of information searches online without the help of a librarian – discovery and access systems play an important role in helping users sift through an increasingly […]
Whenever Gretchen and I present a workshop on web-based information retrieval, we prepare a set of bookmarks/favorites recording the sites we are using. If you would like to make use of these bookmark files, there a file accessible from the “Downloads” page of the Knowledge Leadership Associates website. The file is an “Introductory” level set: it contains […]
To keep searches secure and confidential try a new search engine called “DuckDuckGo”.
A recently-developed search engine, Blekko, is adopting a strict policy of suppressing results from “web spam” sources to ensure that its search results are uncontaminated.
A survey by the Book Industry Study Group (the U.S. book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards and research) has revealed that students prefer their textbooks in conventional print-on-paper form rather than as e-texts.
Results of a survey of bias in the search algorithms of Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL, and Ask.
It has certainly courted notoriety since its implementation and has also received its share of plaudits. Wikipedia was founded on 15 January 2001. What is its future?
The UK eInformation Group (UKeiG) – a special interest group of CILIP – has just published The 2011 Guide to Free or Nearly-Free e-Books – a 177-page annotated guide by Chris Armstrong (a KLA trainer). The guide lists over 230 sites offering either single titles or collections of titles, search engines and gateways for e-books. Each site […]
A review of 2010 from the perspective of search engine design.
The view of the World Wide Web provided by general search engines, such as Google, is very limited. A recent study suggests that the “surface” Web (accessed by general search engines) consists of about 167 terabytes of information, whilst the “Deep” web holds about 91 000 terabytes. Special services have been developed to explore the Deep Web. Find out more . . .