What’s improved in search? Search engines, of course Images/thumbnails help visually Authority, dates more likely to be used in titles Much more data, for different uses & users: contrast ArcGIS online with GLCF @UMD
User challenge: When do you stop searching? For a co-worker? For your boss? For a publication? If you have to digitize it yourself!?!?!?! Could you tell someone else: Yes, I did a search Here is what I looked for
Types of search tools Keeping your own hard drive… General search engines (Metadata) clearinghouses Data repositories (GeoCommons, Databasin) Data portals – regional, topic-based Inline to workflow (ArcGIS Online) Discussion lists Ask for help: in-person, Twitter, etc Others? Please list….
Best Practices? Use a strategy – any strategy It’s okay to do a first quick pass, but you’ll probably need to redo it, and document it, in many cases