Mary Ellen Bates: Alternative & Customized Search Engines (SEs)

My notes from the session…

Exalead—personalized homepage with links to frequent visits, advanced search features with search tools listed, phonetic search, approximate spelling, adjacent words (near operator up to 16—only search engine that allows this?!) database not as large as google

Quintura—visual, split screen w/ regular results on right, taggy looking cloud on the left, clicking on terms reorders results on right with weight—no typing to narrow search or reweight—can mouse around

Kosmix—very beta, specific search areas are stringest (politics, health, video games—weird selection), can screen politics by leaning (left, conservative, etc.), satire, blogs, etc. cool! Computer generated?

Clusty—clustering on the fly, sources (search engines—numbered results from each source), sites (.org, .edu, etc.) “almost data mining” good for brainstorming, helping to find out “who cares about this topic?”—something librarians do almost unconsciously, but patrons don’t necessarily address. Build keyword clusters for your site.

Specialized Search Tools:

Compare results from different search tools—figure out which engine is best for a topic—good for example “see what you would have found if you’d just searched google”

Srchr—results on one page, created rss feeds of searches, stores buttons, so you can revisit searches easily. Good for complex searches, ongoing, current awareness

Scandoo—metasearch, [aside—link voting, google rank based on incoming links. Demonstrate critical analysis of sites like martinlutherking dot org, but don’t create links]. Reviews sites for hate sites, malware, etc.

DIY Search Engines:

Insert filter on top of search results from engines—create a search box to put on your site that applies your filters. Yahoo and google bothe offer. Benefit of looking familiar, but lets you apply appropriate limits. Can tweak ranking? “out google google” good marketing tool

Yahoo Search Builder—can limit results by domain or site (e.g. .gov, can say only give me results from these specific sites, append keywords behind the scenes, creates search cloud to show what words have been used to search your engine,

Google Co-op—inputs affect ranking, rather than “not”-ing, must include a search term, so use a noise word like “and” or “is” or something

Swicki—build custom search engine, but then as people use it, swiki remembers what people click through to. As more people use it, sites gain weight

Rollyo—can only specify 25 websites. Can see sites that someone has created an engine link to.

Gigablast—rudimentary, one of the earliest custom se’s, performance not very good

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