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Taxonomies & Search – Yea!

Posted by Chris Carmichael on February 9, 2011 in Federated Search, Search, taxonomy

Semantico’s post from a few days ago talks about doing something with search that users encounter on a daily basis, though they may not know (or care) what it’s called.  It’s true that integrating taxonomies with an enterprise search function offers a much greater flexibility in how your users interact with your information.  One of the best examples [...]

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The Statistics of Federated Search

Posted by Chris Carmichael on June 22, 2010 in Data and Statistics, Federated Search, Search

We are getting ready to compile our library’s annual report and part of that includes a significant amount of number crunching.  How many items circulated, how many people came in, how many database searches were done, etc.  Well, it’s been a year since we installed our federated search tool, so naturally, we wanted to know [...]

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Two projects, one goal

Posted by Chris Carmichael on June 4, 2010 in Federated Search, Libguides

It’s always amazing to me how IT-type projects always seem to take longer than expected.  I am just now getting the upgrade going for our Federated Search platform.  Supposedly the best functionality of 2 applications were mushed together.  (Technical term: mushed.)  I’m not convinced yet. However, the second project, a migration of our Research Guides [...]

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What else should a federated search tool be able to do?

Posted by Chris Carmichael on December 3, 2009 in expertise location, Federated Search, taxonomy

I’m an information junkie.  I admit it – I’m addicted – too much is never enough.  And sometimes a federated search result list CAN bring back too many results.  Even though they might all be relevant and useful, it can be hard to weed (wade?) through a list of articles, book citations, and associated organization [...]

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Federated search market getting smaller… we knew this

Posted by Chris Carmichael on December 3, 2009 in Federated Search

Yup – we KNEW when we purchased the WebFeat (now locally branded as CrossSearch) platform that the company had been purchased by ProQuest and would most likely be “mushed” (technical term) into something else. As of December 18, 2009, Serials Solutions (also owned by ProQuest) will roll out the upgrade to WebFeat.  It will wed [...]

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The federated search journey continues OR How many widgets is too many?

Posted by Chris Carmichael on September 22, 2009 in Federated Search, information literacy

Yes, you read it correctly.  How many search widgets is too many on a single web page?  And why does the question even raise its head?  Long story short: we made a decision to selectively federate article databases within our Research Guides.  Here’s an example: http://reinert.creighton.edu/research/history.htm The rationale being that a student could come to [...]

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CrossSearch up and running, not “official”

Posted by Chris Carmichael on September 11, 2009 in Federated Search, information literacy

Well, it’s not “rolled out officially” yet, but it IS up and running the way it is supposed to be, complete with a logo.  You can see the logo on the library homepage.  However, you may not be able to see the main search page if you’re not affiliated with CU.  Sorry!

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Decided on a brand for federated search tool!

Posted by Chris Carmichael on June 8, 2009 in Federated Search

Yea!  The team reached a consensus!  After canvassing the staffs of the three libraries for a 2 week period, we took all of the suggestions that were submitted and evaluated them this afternoon. I outlined our criteria in a previous post.  Sometimes, trying to be too creative ends up backfiring and you come up with [...]

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Too important to leave to one company?

Posted by Chris Carmichael on June 2, 2009 in google, information literacy, Search

An article in the Guardian by Cory Doctorow compares our relationships with search engines to those of our most intimate contacts.  Not only does a search engine find things for us, if something isn’t ranked, it might as well not exist.  As the article states, that is a lot of power to be wielded by [...]

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The “g-word” strikes again

Posted by Chris Carmichael on June 2, 2009 in Search

Just read a post on a listserv I monitor about how great the new Google Search Appliance 6.0 is.  To learn more from the company go to http://www.google.com/gsa  All of the sudden the GSA now has “results grouping” and “dynamic results clustering” – functions which originated with federated, deep web/ invisible web search technologies.  And, [...]

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