- Google 2.0: Google Universal Search
- Ask Relaunches: Now "Ask 3D"
- Microsoft Introduces New Live Search Index, Adds Features In Effort To Close 'Relevancy Gap' And Improve User Experience
- The Promise & Reality Of Mixing The Social Graph With Search Engines
And people are trying other types of search like:
Tom Reamy spoke on "Folksonomies & Tagging: Libraries & the Hive Mind." I expect that a copy of his presentation will be here at some point.
Advantages of folksonomies and tagging:
- Lower cost of categorization
- Open ended - can respond quickly to changes
- Relevance - user's own terms
- Support serendipitous form of browsing
- East to tag any type of object
- Better than nothing
- Gets people excited about metadata
- Don't work well for finding info
- No structure, no conceptual relationships
- Issues of scale
- Limited applicability
- Too personal or too popular
- It's a skill
- Too many word/phrase variations
What I learned was that we're fickle and incomplete taggers. We generally use a few terms, but we should use more (broader as well as more specific terms). We need to be more consistent in our terms, although that is difficult not only for one person but also for a group. If the sites can make tagging easier (offer suggestions, related words, etc.), then maybe we can do better.
I entered the session thinking I was good at tagging and left the session realizing what a horrible tagger I am!
Wrap Up: I had not been to an Internet Librarian conference before. Yes, I liked it, even though it took a long time to get there, and my flight out of Monterey was canceled due to fog. The location is beautiful and the area is very walkable.
in the in the Conference Center. We all appreciated it. Really...can you have a conference without The conference spaces were good, but there was only free wifiMonterey Conference Center and not in the Marriott. Thanks to Information Today for getting us access to the wifiwifi? No. (ITI...I don't know what hassles or cost it took to get us wireless, but thank you!)
All of the sessions were excellent save one (great odds) and I came away with lots of useful information. I also came away with new friends and colleagues. And that is always good.
In 2008, Internet Librarian will be on Oct. 20 - 22 in Monterey. If you can get there, go. If you can't get to IL2008, then try to head to Computers in Libraries (CIL) in Crystal City, VA, April 7 - 9, 2008. CIL and IL are different yet similar in content, with CIL being a larger conference (1500 vs. 2300).
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