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Well, the news is well and truly out now, and as many people have been predicting, Facebook has launched their own search engine. The video at the end of my post gives you a quick overview of a few of the things that it's goingo to cover, but I'm obviously interested in looking at it in terms of the information professional. It's being rolled out slowly, with limited testing in the United States, so the rest of us will have to wait awhile before we can start to play with it, but you can request early access as well. It's still very basic at the moment, but the thrust of where Facebook is taking search is very clear.
I think that by now most of us are aware of the Wayback Machine at archive.org , but just in case you're not, it's a service that has been around for well over a decade, and it archives websites and pages. It allows you to browse through URLs that were produced from 1996 up to December 9th 2012. Not every single site or page has been indexed (crawls can miss them, and owners can request that their sites not be included), but rather a lot are. Recently the index has been updated and has gone from having 150,000,000,000 URLs to having 240,000,000,000 URLs, a total of about 5 petabytes of data. This database is queried over 1,000 times a second by over 500,000 people a day helping make archive.org the 250th most popular website.
This portal is about transparency, open government and innovation. The European Commission Data Portal provides access to open public data from the European Commission. It also provides access to data of other Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies at their request. The published data can be downloaded by everyone interested to facilitate reuse, linking and the creation of innovative services. Moreover, this Data Portal promotes and builds literacy around Europe’s data. The data publishers, application developers and the general public can also use new functionalities enabled by the semantic technologies.
via procog.com A good new entry into the search engine arena. ProCog - short for Proficient Cognition is calling itself a transparent search engine. It does a good job of basic search, but its real strength is providing you with information about a website when it has identified it for you. This is what the results screen looks like: Not particularly attractive I'll agree, but the fun stuff occurs in the links under the results.
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Reading books is a lot of fun, but so is the thrill of the book hunt: finding new stories to explore, authors to follow, and collections to build.
Episode 138 of The SitePoint Podcast is now available! This week the panel is made up of Louis Simoneau ( @rssaddict ), Brad Williams ( @williamsba ), Stephan Segraves ( @ssegraves and Patrick O’Keefe ( @ifroggy ).
General Introductions to Twitter Cheatsheet My 2 sides of A4 cheatsheet.
Open access research is now more accessible as JISC has developed a new search engine to help academics, students and the general public navigate papers held in the UK’s open access repositories.
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The Microsoft Academic Search Service At the recent Science Online London (SOLO) 2011 conference I attended a session on the Microsoft Academic Search service.
Fed up with Google ignoring your search terms and giving you something completely different? Confused by irrelevant tweets and postings in your results? At the recent Internet Librarian International conference in London one of my fellow participants told me that he would not mind Google collecting his search and personal information if it gave him better results but he said that it seems to make them worse.
I’ve been playing with a new data search engine called Zanran – that focuses on finding numerical and graphical data. The site is in an early beta.