Ref22: Searchers Academy 2.0 Redux


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Presentation for Ref22, a monthly webinar for reference and virtual reference librarians through the Washington State Library.

Redux of "Searcher's Academy 2.0", a full-day pre-conference at the 2009 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA.

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  • - “show options” allows faceting to searches “advanced search options”
  • - google squared – shows data in a table, creates fields “squares” and fills them with info (very cool)
  • - google visualization api– motion chart, charts data over time and then animates it
  • - xrank – sort of like trends, shows top celebrities, musicians, etc … what are people interested in or searching for?
  • - uses powerset as a semantic search engine, basically puts wikipedia into bing (but later could do more)– searches all mentions of search, e.g. einstein, in wikipedia and collates them into a single article
  • Displays data in useful, visual ways. Closed data sets, curated by dedicated staff.Tracks search patterns, is responsive to trends.
  • Less useful for analytical data – provides facts and statistics.Shows sources for many queries.
  • Videosurf – tries to convert speech to text, search by famous line – still heavily reliant on titles and metadata – can’t convert irony or body language.PowersetFactz – based on wikipedia and freebase to provide quick answers.Hakia – offers “resumes” for some searches, and credible sites vetted by librarians.
  • TrueKnowledge – first REAL answer engine. Play video:– building semantic networks, api returns structures results to machine-based queries– will actually take your question and return an answer
  • Ref22: Searchers Academy 2.0 Redux

    1. 1. A recap of the Helpful tools<br />and resources<br />Of searcher’s academy 2.0<br />Ahniwa Ferrari<br />Statewide coordinator, ask-wa<br />2009 November 10<br />Ref22:Searchers’ Academy 2.0Redux<br />
    2. 2. Chris Sherman,<br />Google – Guardian of the Status Quo<br />Some neat features through Google Labs, though.<br />Show options, fast flip, city tours, google squared, google trends, google insights for search, google visualization APIs, google flu trends …<br />Yahoo! – The Emperor’s New Clothes<br />Focusing on what happens “before and after search”, e.g. browsing.<br />Bing – Assimilator as Innovator<br />Bing Reference, travel, xrank<br />Wolfram Alpha – NOT a search engine?<br />Closed-source data sets, tough time with natural language, fairly smart sometimes, can do complex computational analysis<br />
    3. 3. Google: Show Options<br />
    4. 4. Google squared:<br />
    5. 5. Google Visualization APIs: browse the gallery, or learn how to<br />create your own APIs to show data in new and useful ways. <br />
    6. 6. BING! – Bing Is Not Google?<br />
    7. 7. Bing Reference: Uses Powerset to pull data<br />from Wikipedia, but compiles from multiple<br />articles into one “enhanced” article.<br />
    8. 8. Wolfram Alpha:Computational Knowledge Engine<br />
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    10. 10. More Searches …<br />
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    12. 12. Mary Ellen Bates: Bates Information Service“Digging into the Deep Web”<br /><br />Translate your search into Spanish, retrieve pages in Spanish that match your search, and translate them back into English<br />Available for other languages too.<br />WolframAlpha, more fun with.<br />26.22 miles (length of a marathon), 4.8x height of Mount Everest, 3.9x greatest ocean depth (provides interesting comparisons)<br />Earthquakes near Japan – provides map with timeline, can facet search by magnitude, time<br />
    13. 13. Deepdyve – federated, some free and some pay<br />Primarily medical and patent searching – can handle large chunks of text and return relevant results<br />Scirus – indexes science-related sites only<br />Primarily free, has good advanced search and refine options<br />NOT the first place to go for open access journals<br />Biznar: semi-random collection of business resources, use as brainstorming search, good faceting<br />Mednar: over 60 medical resources, similar to Biznar<br />ScienceResearch: searches, OISter, WorldwideScience, e-Print network<br />Worldwide Science Web: federation of 61 national science portals and databases<br />
    14. 14. Mary Ellen Bates:Searching the Collaborative Web<br />Twitter – useful because it is concise, people narrow their thoughts down to core ideas<br />Blog search – technorati still best search engine, use authority filter to find more reliable blogs<br />Facebook – useful for identifying interest groups and upcoming conferences – tap into groups and see their concerns, interests, questions etc.<br />LinkedIn – limit search within X miles of you, search extended networks for subject experts, e.g. “find an expert on the ground” (tends to get good, quick responses)<br />
    15. 15. OneRiot searches the <br />LINKS that people<br />share through social<br />media and returns the<br />actual web pages.<br />Sort by realtime (most<br />current), or pulse (most<br />popular).<br />
    16. 16. Twitter searches that work<br />Monitor live action: “swine flu” or near:denver, within:25mi (based on your stated location)<br />Find resources using filter:links<br />Highlights of conferences, e.g. #il2009<br />Searching at only searches last 7-9 days<br />Support #hashtags and @searches<br />Provides good advanced search tools<br />Search twitter using Google using<br />Has a deeper archives, but does not support #hashtags or @, though it may in the near future<br />
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    18. 18. Marcy Phelps: Cost-Effective Searching<br /> – d&b data on 14 million us businesses<br />Includes industry reports using SIC codes, market analysis<br /> – search patents and trademarks<br />Includes guides, manuals, etc – useful for overview of market and competitive information<br /> – securities and exchange commission<br />Search for info about market competitors, management bios<br />
    19. 19. Medical searching<br />Pubmed – search abstracts<br />Pubmed Central – all full-text and digitized<br /> – lots of filter options<br />Power tools:<br />“Clustering” very useful to get overview of subject, shows different aspects of a search<br />Cluster with, carrot2,<br />Verticals: specialize by content type / medium, not as broad but goes deeper<br />PandiaPowersearch,, UMichGovDocs Center<br />
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    21. 21. Science Verticals<br />Searching is similar in all three, but content very different.<br /><br /><br /><br />
    22. 22. Tracks hot trends from numerous sources, good pop culture and news searching tool.<br />
    23. 23. Social web tools:<br /> – latest buzz on any topic<br /> – social media search<br /> (download) – track twitter, including hashtags and saved searches on whatever you like<br />Use technology:<br />Google trends, see trends in a given area (down to city level)<br /> – news with analytical results, has hotspots<br />Google news archive – handy for creating timelines, find out WHEN something was a hot topic<br />Trendrr – tells you what topics were hot, and when<br />
    24. 24. Business 2.0<br /> – business conversation search<br /> – business podcast directory and search – includes podcast statistics (can search for podcasts, but not within podcast text … yet)<br />Technorati – still best for blog search<br /> (also – detailed info to neighborhood / zipcode level; find parks, local bands, crime stats, history and more.<br />
    25. 25. Science 2.0<br /> – OA site over 500,000 e-prints in physics, math, compsci, quantitative bio, quantitative finance, and statistics<br />Invention Dimension ( – potential inventors and innovators, shows who invents what, who holds patents, how to invent, etc.<br /> – great OA source of digital resources (now in WorldCat)<br /> – gateway to over 1950 scientific websites with high authority<br /> (Elsevier) – more than 450million scientific items indexed to date<br /> – searches digital libraries of 21 science and tech societies (many available fulltext)<br /> – computational science education, science and math, also modeling and simulation tech and animation<br /> – global science gateway connecting users to national and international databases and portals – includes info from 15 international member organizations<br />
    26. 26. More Science 2.0<br />Physics:<br />Mathematics:<br />Geology:<br />Chemistry:<br />Biology:<br />Astronomy:<br />
    27. 27. Legal Resources<br />Justia and RECAP: /<br />Court dockets, legal blog search, etc…<br /> – assessor and public records<br /> – tracks federal legislation<br /> – listen to supreme court cases being argued – open archive of US Congress<br /> – federal regulations from the federal register<br />
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    29. 29. A recap of the Helpful tools<br />and resources<br />Of searcher’s academy 2.0<br />Ahniwa Ferrari<br />Statewide coordinator, ask-wa<br />2009 November 10<br />Ref22:Searchers’ Academy 2.0Redux<br />