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Christina's LIS Rant
Thursday, September 30, 2004
  Clusty the Clustering Engine
No doubt I'm the 10 millionth person commenting on this today. Gary's talked about Vivisimo quite a bit, but the NY Times story announces the launch of the beta web clustering search. It gets results from Gigablast, MSN, Lycos, and others. My title here links you to the advanced search. One thing, in particular, that I wanted to point out is the LII is listed a search source as are PubMed and FirstGov. Vivisimo has been offering ClusterMed so this isn't too big of a surprise, but the LII link I think really demonstrates that they're listening to librarians. Thank you.

May I also point out some other features? The Encyclopedia, is actually Wikipedia. The Gossip tab searches tabloids, I guess. The documentation isn't that hot, but the site's still in beta.

The NY Times article mentions that it searches blogs, too, but I'm having trouble actually extracting them. More on this later.

Update: If you click on the "customize" tab and then select "blogs" you'll get a blog search tab. In the results, it provides the name of the blog (like Christina's LIS Rant). The results seem to be full of links to the Blogdigger homepage which isn't really very enlightening (not a comment on blogdigger, which I like, but its only the homepage - no content). It's very slow. Use this, maybe, to do product review comparisons. Maybe restaurant comparisons? Maybe to see what people are saying about your brand?
 
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I think the links to Blogdigger (and others) show which search engine returned that result. The links should point to the search results page for each search engine, though, not the homepage, from my understanding. Weird. My searches all point to a search results page...maybe a temporary bug?

Greg G.
greg@blogdigger.com
http://www.blogdigger.com/blog/
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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