The following post was written by my law librarian colleague, Bev Butula:
A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the hakia search engine on my blog for the Wisconsin Law Journal. If you are not familiar with this engine, it uses semantic search technology. They look for quality results, recognizing that the most credible sites might not be the most popular. Their website indicates that a quality result needs to satisfy “three criteria simultaneously: It (1) comes from credible sources (verticals) recommended by librarians, (2) is the most recent information available, and (3) is absolutely relevant to the query.” For popular queries, the search results are categorized, and presented in an easy to read fashion.
Shortly after my post, I had the pleasure of speaking with Melek Pulatkonak, their CEO and Farrah Hamid, the Communications Coordinator. During this conversation, they discussed their goals for hakia. Currently, they have an established vertical for medical searches having included the Medical Library Association’s top credible web sites into their database.
Their next goal is to move to a legal vertical. They want to use the collective knowledge of law librarians to enhance the users search experience. As a result, they have created a submission tool to assist in this process. They ask that suggested sites have some editorial review, there is no commercial bias, that the site remains current, and has source authenticity. A recent press release outlines the process and their expectations. As an added bonus, anyone submitting an eligible website will be entered into a drawing.
They are also reviewing established websites such as the Librarians’ Internet Index and Cornell’s Legal Information Institute to improve this evolving process.
Earlier this month, Google announced that it is partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives.
From the announcement:
You’ll be able to explore this historical treasure trove by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News… Not only will you be able to search these newspapers, you’ll also be able to browse through them exactly as they were printed — photographs, headlines, articles, advertisements and all…
This effort expands on the contributions of others who’ve already begun digitizing historical newspapers. In 2006, we started working with publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post to index existing digital archives and make them searchable via the Google News Archive. Now, this effort will enable us to help you find an even greater range of material from newspapers large and small, in conjunction with partners such as ProQuest and Heritage, who’ve joined in this initiative.
From Microsoft’s Live Search blog:
Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs. We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users.
Read more at Law Librarian Blog
After several years of trying to get WisBlawg listed on Technorati, I think that I can finally do so. For some reason it was inadvertently marked as spam. Technorati is a search engine for blogs and other user generated content. They also track statistics and trends throughout the blogosphere.
Here then is my claim to my Technorati Profile.
Thanks to my colleague, Cindy May, for alerting me to a neat new visual search engine called SearchMe.com. It is currently in beta.
As you enter your search, categories appear across the top which you can click to just view results in that category. Or, you can search all and see all results.
Results are displayed visually – i.e. pictures of web pages that match your results. You can flip through the images to browse the content, or click on one to open the page.