Tim Bray and jobs

Tim Bray announces that he is looking for something new to do. He remains associated with Antarctica but would like to work on search in a new environment. But I can be more specific than that. Here’s what I’d really like to do: Over the last few months, I�ve written a long essay here at … Continue reading Tim Bray and jobs

Tim Bray and search

Many of you will have seen this, but interesting to note the series. This series of essays on the construction, deployment and use of search technology (by which I mean primarily “full-text” search) was written between June and December of 2003. It has fifteen instalments not including this table of contents. [ongoing � On Search, … Continue reading Tim Bray and search

Google in Fortune

More Google IPO speculation. One point of special interest: the article discusses how AOL, among others, is worried that Google not only provides search (complementary to AOL services) but also aims to be a destination portal (competitive with AOL services). Aversion to bureaucracy is turning out to be better in theory than in practice. People … Continue reading Google in Fortune

Metasearch meeting

Several of the attendees from the October 30 NISO metasearch workshop gathered later that evening to discuss protocol requirements for metasearch. The meeting was initiated on behalf of the SRW implementors who are trying to understand the protocol requirements for metasearch. [The SRW implementors are trying to understand the IR requirements for metasearch] The report … Continue reading Metasearch meeting

Another CIP

Several colleagues met with Norbert Lossau of Bielefeld University this morning. Norbert is on a tour of US universities and Jay arranged for him to visit OCLC. Bielefeld is working with FAST — the text search company — to create library gateway services. One of the interesting things they are exploring with the FAST developers … Continue reading Another CIP

Text retrieval primer from Oracle

Introductory overview to information retrieval evaluation from Oracle. Interesting to see discussion of precision, recall, TREC conferences, etc, in this context. Text retrieval engines, popularly known as search engines, return a list of documents (the hitlist) for a query. Typically there are some good documents in the list and some bad ones. The quality of … Continue reading Text retrieval primer from Oracle

Google and pizza

Want to know where to get a pizza near where the Dempsey-Lennon family lives in Columbus? Try: Google Search: pizza 43214 Library works quite nicely. So does some other stuff. Not everything though.

Udi Manber and A9

There does not seem to be much available on the web about Amazon’s new search technology company, A9. Nevertheless, the online retailer recently placed Manber at the helm of A9, a separately branded company based in Palo Alto, Calif. He’s charged with hiring and building the “best e-commerce search technology” for internal use and third … Continue reading Udi Manber and A9

Automatic classification and web harvesting

Jessica Lindholm, Tomas Schonthal and Kjell Jansson describe the background to and the work involved in setting up Engine-e, a Web index that uses automatic classification as a means for the selection of resources in Engineering. Considerations in offering a robot-generated Web index as a successor to a manually indexed quality-controlled subject gateway are also … Continue reading Automatic classification and web harvesting

Economist on Google IPO

Via Brian: Even more frightening (especially to those who remember Netscape’s fate in the browser wars), Microsoft smells blood. It is currently working on its own search algorithm, which it hopes to make public early next year, around the probable time of Google’s share listing. Historically, Microsoft has been good at letting others (Apple, Netscape, … Continue reading Economist on Google IPO