Folksonomies: Listen to Jessamynsearch

by Meredith Farkas on 1/15/2005 with 0 comment

Jessamyn said “learn this word: folksonomy” and I make it a point to always listen to Jessamyn. Actually, I’ve been hearing quite a lot about folksonomies lately, between my Theory of Information Retrieval class last semester and the recent discussion on Slashdot. Folksonomies are the taxonomic vocabularies generated from such sites as del.icio.us and flickr, …

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GuruNet now offers Answers.com for free!reference, search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/4/2005 with 0 comment

According to Gary Price at Resource Shelf, GuruNet has become Answsers.com and is now offering a ready reference search engine for free. Answers.com culls its information from a variety of free and pay sources, including Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia University Press, Merriam Webster, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, SparKNotes, Who2, and Wikipedia. The user submits a query and …

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Questions about the Google Library Projectlibraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 1/2/2005 with 0 comment

Barbara Quint has put together a list of questions and answers about the Google Library Project that have been pondered by various people in the library and search worlds. Some questions remain unanswered. Others, like what the Google Library Project means for brick and mortar libraries, involves answers ranging from unconcern to grudging acceptance to …

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Lost in the shufflelibraries, our digital future, search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/17/2004 with 0 comment

This is also huge digital library news, but, with the Google frenzy, they’ve really been the victim of bad timing. International Libraries and the Internet Archive collaborate to build Open-Access Text Archives Today, a number of International libraries have committed to putting their digitized books in open-access archives, starting with one at the Internet Archive. …

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Good news for bad spellers?search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/10/2004 with 0 comment

Wow! I can hardly keep up with all of Google’s betas and latest acquisitions! Google Suggest seems to be their newest beta (though don’t quote me on that). It’s looks just like the usual Google search box, but as you are typing in your query, a box drops down with suggestions of what you might …

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Searching in 2005search

by Meredith Farkas on 12/9/2004 with 0 comment

Here is an interesting article on the year in review for search engines. 2004 saw many major players (Yahoo, Google, and MSN in particular) kick their competition up a notch by trying to differentiate themselves from the pack. Will more of the same happen in 2005? Tara Calishain at Research Buzz thinks 2005 will be …

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Google Scholar Buzzlibraries, search

by Meredith Farkas on 11/20/2004 with 0 comment

Wow, Google must be thrilled by all the free press and panic they’re getting from librarians with their brand new offering, Google Scholar. I’d put in my two cents, but I really don’t have much to add when it’s been covered by just about every blog I read. Instead, enjoy some insights on Google’s new …

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