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November 30, 2004

Slides: Replacing Z39.50 at Last: Using SRW for Federated Search

Describes the value of federated search among many data sources, the history of Z39.50 as an interchange standard, and the new SRW (Search Retrieve Web Service) as a modern API to simplify the process. - Presented at Intranet Librarian, Nov. 2004

Slides: Library Catalogs and Faceted Metadata Search/Browse

Faceted metadata allows systems to generate a dynamic browse interface to search results, providing the most flexible and helpful access to information. As library catalogs are entirely composed of metadata, most of it reasonably well faceted, this seems a uniquely good application of this technology. - Presented at Intranet Librarian, Nov. 2004

Slides: Search and Discovery Tools

Overview of tools for "discovery" (describing the content on Intranets) and "search" (finding in that content), as well as what will come in the near future. - Presented at Intranets/KMWorld, Oct. 2004.

August 4, 2004

Search Tools Consulting on Sabbatical

As Search Tools Consulting continues through its sixth year, and continues to be a gratifying success, we are taking a sabbatical in the month of August. Consultant Avi Rappoport will be around some of the time, doing research (as is appropriate for a sabbatical), blogging a bit, updating the web site, and posting Megan's contributions. I'm also taking a family trip and some time for my creative writing. Please feel free to continue sending , contact me about consulting work to start in October or later, or any other reason.

July 28, 2004

SLI Learning Search Report Updated

S.L.I. Learning Search, the remote service which powers search on NBC.com and busy ecommerce sites, has an effective "learning" system to adjust search results weights based on previous search user click statistics. It provides extensive search analytics, a robot that can follow links in JavaScript and VBscript, sites with frames and cookies. Works with its own index, other search engines, and databases, can metasearch other sources and combine results.

July 26, 2004

Search User Interface / User Experience Page Updated

Includes Avi Rappoport's recommendations for search user interfaces, links to new articles and web resources on user interface issues relating to search, and a section on information seeking behavior and information foraging research.

July 21, 2004

New SearchTools Blog and Comments System

The SearchTools blog on LiveJournal provides an opportunity for you to tell me what you think about enterprise search tools for web sites and intranets, and about the SearchTools.com web site. You do not have to have an account to post, you can reply anonymously, or you can create a free LiveJournal account. All comments are screened, so there will be no blog spam.

Desktop Search Tools Listing: New

There doesn't seem to be a good listing anywhere for local desktop search engines, finding personal computer documents and email on hard disks. Megan Finn, UC Berkeley SIMS student and Search Tools intern has created our Desktop Search Tools Listing.

Search-Related Conferences Page Updated

New information about conferences on search, SEO, information retrieval, taxonomy and metadata, intranets and other related topics.

June 25, 2004

ARTS PDF Search Report Updated

This Windows search engine indexes simple HTML pages but has special features for PDF, including displaying the specific pages containing matched terms. This update uses COM and adds an administration console, and customizable synonyms and spelling dictionary.

Links to Search Blogs and Listings Updated

Revamped and updated links to listings of search engines, adding list of blogs and online publications covering search engines and the larger field of information architecture; updated Yahoo, ODP and other lists of search engines.

June 22, 2004

DataparkSearch: New SearchTools Report

Free open-source search engine Datapark Search includes a robot crawler, indexing and search CGI for Apache. Multilingual: tokenizes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai scripts. Full documentation in Russian and English.

June 7, 2004

Nutch: New Open-Source Search Project

Doug Cutting's new Java open-source scalable search engine includes a robot crawler, indexer and search engine based on Lucene.

May 16, 2004

Recent interesting conferences were the Infonortics Search Engines Meeting (April 19-20, The Hague, The Netherlands) and the more practical Enterprise Search Summit (May 11-12, New York City), which Avi Rappoport of Search Tools Consulting helped to organize.

January 4, 2004

Excellent Discussion of Search By Tim Bray

Clear explanation of major issues relating to full-text search engines. Tim is one of the web search pioneers and provides non-technical descriptions of search functionality and interface.


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