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Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, March 18, 2005
  CIL2005: Start Your Engines

Greg Notess and Ran Hock
What’s left still standing with a unique database?
-Ask Jeeves
-Google
-MSN Search
-Yahoo
-Exalead (new as of November, in beta, results are presented differently, the actually have truncation and proximity operators)
-Gigablast
-WiseNut (LookSmart)

Article from Wired, comparing Yahoo to Google. By the numbers Yahoo beats Google by far.

RH- More about Yahoo!
Look at Google Labs to see what Google will have in 6 months, Yahoo is 1-2 years ahead of Google (and occasionally vice versa)

So what’s the problem?
Nobody uses advanced features (actually 1%, but it’s 1% of a few hundred million)

Interfaces
Stripped down search engine vs. fancy portal
Personalization – myYahoo!
Integration – integration of content into search results, delivery (mobile, alerts), integrated into collaboration tools (Yahoo 360 – new blogging software?)

Enhanced search
- advanced options’
- other databases (video, images, etc.)
- personal – my web (has kind of a furl feature)
- im search – pretty cool, but have to use yahoo im
Other goodies
- Feed reader (my yahoo)
- Document storage
- Calendar

Search Under the Cover (of Books) – instead of computers in libraries, it’s libraries in computers (GN)
See his upcoming article in May
Amazon A9 vs. Google Print

Google
Google scholar: from a web crawl
Google print: 3 components
Magazines - old, very small
Books from publishers
Library books (separate from scholar)

Google Print
How do you actually get into it? (by accident, search on a title of a book, then it may return up to 3 books)
If it says copyright vertically up the rhs of the page, it’s from the publisher
If is says google print vertically up the rhs of the page, it’s from the library program
You can’t just search for a passage from the book and hope to find the book
Try: book Romeo Juliet (that seems to work, mostly for publisher books, not really for library books, but book has to come first in the search. You might also get books by accident, and the ocr-ing of the books isn’t perfect so that hurts retrieval)

Amazon
Look for the search inside note
In a9, you can open that column
You get different results from Amazon vs a9 – if it tells you that it can’t find anything then ask it to give you similar results
You have to have an Amazon account




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