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NACAT Conference Mastering Information

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NACAT Conference Mastering Information

  1. 1. Mastering Online Information A look at new ways to find and mange Internet information. Presented by Grant Swaim NACAT Conference 2007 Guilford Tech Community College
  2. 2. So What’s The Big Deal? <ul><li>I already know how to “surf” the web... </li></ul><ul><li>I google some key words and I can find millions of pages in seconds… </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t get much better than that, </li></ul><ul><li>Does it? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Website Growth is the Big Deal
  4. 4. New Tools and Techniques <ul><li>Utilize existing search tools more efficiently </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Engines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Directories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monitor Internet information via subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Explore audio content (podcasting) </li></ul><ul><li>Explore video content </li></ul><ul><li>Managing bookmarks (favorites) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal portal page </li></ul>
  5. 5. Search Engine Vs Search Directory <ul><li>A search engine indexes all the words on virtually all web pages and allows you to perform a keyword search on the indexed information. This process is handled automatically by “bots”. </li></ul><ul><li>A search directory lists websites in specific categories and sites are found by browsing categories. Web sites are placed in directories by humans </li></ul>
  6. 6. Search Engine Pros / Cons <ul><li>Pro </li></ul><ul><li>Good at finding obscure information </li></ul><ul><li>Is constantly being updated </li></ul><ul><li>Con </li></ul><ul><li>Can return large results </li></ul><ul><li>Can return irrelevant results </li></ul>
  7. 7. Search Directory Pros / Cons <ul><li>Pro </li></ul><ul><li>Are good at finding information that fits into categories </li></ul><ul><li>Return small, relevant results </li></ul><ul><li>Con </li></ul><ul><li>Are not good at finding obscure information (things that do not fit into a category) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Typical Search Engine Features <ul><li>Advanced search filtering features </li></ul><ul><li>News search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Image search </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Search a single site </li></ul><ul><li>Specialty searches </li></ul>
  9. 9. Googlemania <ul><li>http://gmail.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/calendar </li></ul><ul><li>http://spreadsheets.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://video.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>http://investor.google.com/fin_data.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. Information via Subscription <ul><li>For sites and information that you track on a regular basis, consider managing the information by subscription. </li></ul><ul><li>The site must publish a news feed (RSS) </li></ul><ul><li>You must read the RSS file with a news feed reader (aggregator). </li></ul>
  11. 11. Examples of RSS Subscriptions <ul><li>Feeds Tracking New Webpage Content </li></ul><ul><li>http://autotech-elearning.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://espn.go.com </li></ul><ul><li>Feeds Tracking News Alerts </li></ul><ul><li>http://news.google.com/nwshp?ned=us </li></ul>
  12. 12. Information Via News Alerts <ul><li>A great way to monitor specific information that is hitting news servers is to set up a news alert. </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts can also be set up for other specialty searches. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Managing Audio Content <ul><li>Audio files can often be downloaded one at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>http://autotech-elearning.com/hondatechnews </li></ul><ul><li>Or downloaded as part of a subscription (podcast). When you subscribe to an RSS/XML feed it means you will automatically receive new podcast releases. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Managing Video Content <ul><li>Video content, like audio content, is available as individual downloads or by subscription. </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet is now used to deliver “TV like” programming. This programming often lacks a large enough audience to justify broadcasting. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sources of Internet Video <ul><li>Video Directories </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://video.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Video Podcast </li></ul><ul><li>http://dl.tv </li></ul><ul><li>http://geekbriefwp.podshow.com </li></ul>
  16. 16. Managing Bookmarks (Favorites) <ul><li>When you bookmark a website with a web browser, the book marks are stored on the local machine. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider using an Internet based bookmarking service. Then all your bookmarks are available from any Internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us </li></ul>
  17. 17. Building a Personal Portal Page <ul><li>There are many good (and free) sites that allow you to build your own portal page. On a personal portal page you can include: </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>News feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Notes </li></ul><ul><li>ToDo lists </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>File Uploads </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor email </li></ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Public or private pages </li></ul>
  18. 18. Personal Portal Page Providers <ul><li>Here is a list of the more popular </li></ul><ul><li>personal portal page providers </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.yahoo.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.protopage.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.netvibes.com </li></ul>

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