Gosport Compact

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Presentation for the Gosport Compact 2012 on the building of a simple search

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Gosport Compact

  1. 1. Introducing simple search Nigel Sturt Librarian, HMS Sultan
  2. 2. My CV• Started selling books in my school library in 1978• Graduated with a library degree in 1990• Chartered professionally in 2001• Worked in public, museum, commercial & education libraries.• I enjoy my career I bought the tshirt!
  3. 3. The prologue• Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it. Samuel Johnson• Knowledge is power Sir Francis Bacon © http://www.quotationspage.com – accessed 08/11/2012
  4. 4. The prologue• Digital Britain. Final report, June 2009. – Digital information in context • It took James Cook 2yrs & 320 days to return from his Australian voyage started in 1768 to describe his adventures • In 2009 20 hours of video content was added to Youtube per minute & millions of searches were made in Google. – Digital growth projection over five years thought to be as much as a factor of one hundred © http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm76/7650/7650.pdf
  5. 5. The prologue“Google will bring you back 100,000,000answers. A librarian will bring you back the rightanswer.” Neil Gaiman, author.In the digital search environment you havebecome the librarian seeking information fromthe Internet.
  6. 6. Information literacy• How to search is part of developing library skills to become information literate.• Information literacy is an essential life skill with impacts in areas such as Health & well being  Reading & literacy Social care  Employment Equality & diversity  Lifelong learning & Digital inclusion reskilling © http://www.informationliteracy.org.uk – accessed 08/11/2012
  7. 7. Information literacy • Expressed as a modelIdentify Scope Plan Gather Evaluate Manage PresentSeeking new What information Search How is Issues of quality, To be honest in Differenceinformation types are techniques information accuracy, information between available available organised relevance, bias, handling. summarising & reputation, Important to synthesising credibility consider the data. Different ethics of storing presentation & sharing data styles. Disseminate knowledge. © http://www.sconul.ac.uk – accessed 08/11/2012
  8. 8. Simple searching• Identify – Voluntary information • E.volve • Gosport Voluntary Action – Local information • Gosport.info – Government information • Gov.uk (replaced www.direct.gov.uk 17/10/2012) • Office for National Statistics • Gosport Council • Hampshire County Council
  9. 9. Simple searching• Scope – Information types could be physical or virtual • Websites could be – Blogs / microblogs (e.g. Twitter) record personal opinions – Wikis provide and record collaborative information sharing – RSS (not the Royal Statistical Society, but Really Simple Syndication) which are web pages read by computer and delivered to you. – Information & data, for example, the BBC or the Office for National Statistics
  10. 10. Simple searching• Plan – Search techniques • Keywords • Boolean language – Alternative • Simple search spellings • Advanced search – Alternative words – Abbreviations • Google custom search
  11. 11. Simple searching• Evaluate – Where is my website from? • UK is United Kingdom, AU Australia, EU European – Quality • Do you recognise the author, company or organisation? • .ac.uk is from academic sources in the UK, or .gov.uk would be government – Relevance • Does it contain most or all of the keywords, when published, revised, updated, or posted to the web?
  12. 12. What’s on Google?• Google – whats on offer? – Web search – Books – Images – Scholar – Maps – Alerts – News – Reader
  13. 13. Google web searchSimple web search Advanced web searchOn results given you can refine by choosing As simple search but with the addition of filtering by Images  Language Videos  Region News  When updated Select a geographical focus  Search within a web site Select a time span for the results  By file type  Usage rights
  14. 14. Google v. Boolean• Boolean search language (AND, OR, NOT) can still be found in some search services, but have been overshadowed by the use of keywords.• In Google you can – exclude material by using the – sign (Boolean Not) – Search for two or more words using AND – Search for a variety of words using OR
  15. 15. Search example:Keyword too generalToo many search hits
  16. 16. Search example:Keywords improvedToo many search hits
  17. 17. Search example:Keywords joined as aphrase, surplus onesremoved
  18. 18. ConclusionAnswers to your questions may be in the Internetsomewhere; knowing what, where and how to findthem is vital to becoming information literate anddevelop effective searching.
  19. 19. Further support• Two recommended guides to web searching – Phil Bradley, President of CIILIP & consultant • http://www.philb.com – Karen Blakeman, consultant • http://www.rba.co.uk/

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