Data - Internet -> Information: Doing effective research over the Internet

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A brief presentation for researchers at Center for Civil Society (New Delhi), on how they can use web based tools for effectvie and efficient data collection over the internet on June 10, 2011. Target Audience: Research Interns.

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Data - Internet -> Information: Doing effective research over the Internet

  1. 1. Data – Internet -> Information Doing effective research over the Internet
  2. 2. Kinshuk Sunil Cofounder & Lead (Design), Hashstash Studios Band Member, Ctrl Alt Delhi Founder, Indie GameDev India Disclaimer: I love Google, so you will see a lot of Google in here. You have been forewarned. Contact: [email_address] Web: http://kinshuksunil.com Twitter: @kinshuksunil
  3. 3. What YOU get as an ANSWER , depends on what you ASK as the QUESTION
  4. 4. So let's know you first!
  5. 5. Answers, Answers, Answers
  6. 6. The Act of ASK ing
  7. 7. What is the Internet? A network of networks A network is an arrangement of computers
  8. 8. Where can you find data on Internet? <ul><li>Search Engines </li><ul><li>Google
  9. 9. Bing
  10. 10. Etc </li></ul><li>Research Tools </li><ul><li>Knowledge-bases like Wikipedia
  11. 11. Networks like Twitter and Linked In
  12. 12. Memes and Aggregators </li></ul><li>Websites </li></ul>
  13. 13. The beautiful world of Search Engines
  14. 14. How does a search engine work?
  15. 15. <ul>Specific Queries vs Vague Queries </ul>
  16. 16. <ul>Punctuations and Verbs mean nothing </ul>
  17. 17. <ul>Use operators </ul>
  18. 18. <ul>Media – Images, Text, Videos </ul>
  19. 19. <ul>Time Relevance </ul>
  20. 20. <ul>Advanced Search </ul>
  21. 21. Operators?
  22. 22. <ul>“ Quotes are specific” </ul>
  23. 23. <ul>+Must have in search results </ul>
  24. 24. -Dont include in search results!
  25. 25. <ul>Include both x AND y in result! </ul>
  26. 26. <ul>At least x OR y should be there </ul>
  27. 27. <ul>define:word will provide with definitions </ul>
  28. 28. <ul>cache:url will look for older copies of the URL </ul>
  29. 29. <ul>query ext:type will get you results of type for the query </ul>
  30. 30. <ul>link:url will tell you what points to URL </ul>
  31. 31. <ul>related:url will tell you sites related to the URL </ul>
  32. 32. <ul>site:url query will search within the website </ul>
  33. 33. <ul>weather, location, time help find relevant information too </ul>
  34. 34. More Tools!
  35. 35. Google Scholar
  36. 36. Google News
  37. 37. Google Books
  38. 38. Google Trends
  39. 39. Google Insight
  40. 40. Google Earth
  41. 41. Wikipedia
  42. 42. <ul>Maybe not at an academic source, however: <ul><li>gives a concise summary of the topic </li></ul><li>points to relevant content
  43. 43. reliable and academic references
  44. 44. huge cross-network of information </li></ul>
  45. 45. Linked In
  46. 46. <ul><li>Aggregate Company Statistics
  47. 47. Individual Credentials and Background
  48. 48. Find individuals at relevant positions </li></ul>
  49. 49. Twitter Realtime Search
  50. 50. Almost every hub of information, every portal on the internet can be converted into a tool to complement your search arsenal
  51. 51. Enough Talk, Let's Fight!
  52. 52. Questions?

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