Monday, February 28, 2005

Vivisimo's Clusty service

Vivisimo is not new but it's worth remembering. This is one of those services that searches the web and then groups the results in various ways. I did a search on Kpelle (an ethnic group from West Africa) and like the hits I got this way better than what I got in Google. There was more news.

Visual Tools

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Google Maps

Zounds! Google Maps is awfully cool. You drag the map around and can zoom with a tool bar that acts as if you can pick any point on the scale to zoom in on. The map designs are way better than MapQuest/Yahoo/etc. When you get directions the map is similarly zoomable. It worked better for me in Firefox than Netscape and it was a bit slow/jerky but still impressive.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Crazy barcoding stories

So there have been some crazy barcoding stories in the news lately. Some researchers at UCLA are considering using RFID to track cadavers.

Scientists intend to barcode all life on earth!

Read more about what people are not saying about RFID. In this article, one analyst is quoted as, "If you're behind the curve, obviously, you'd want to hide that from everyone, especially Wal-Mart and the DOD."

And yes, he is referring to the Department of Defense.

Some stuff on the Google Print Project

This Chicago Trib article is a nice summary of the project even though there is nothing terribly new.

From the web sites for the libraries participating in the project:

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Build your own TiVo

I remember this was discussed at a Scrapple meeting. Here's a page I stumbled across recently for those who (like myself) might like to try it:,3973,1121844,00.asp

Also, there is the Whole Hacking TiVo FAQ

Wiki Web sites

Wikis are a type of web page that can be edited by anyone - giving us yet another tool for online collaboration. Some services are emerging around Wikis - such as JotSpot. JotSpot's new service targets businesses that want to give authorized users a common location to collaborate. According to the CNN news story, coworkers could take a spreadsheet, customize it and revise it and have all information for a project reside in one Wiki Web site.

Read more about what Wiki's are. Here's a listing of Wiki's:

If you're saying, wiki what are you talking about?!? You might know of a Wiki and not even realize it. Wikipedia - the Free Encyclopedia.

Combining the best of blogs and Wikis is a Bloki hybrid.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Topic Maps

Being discussed on LITA-L. Reference to an old article (2002) at Will add more references as I explore.

Friday, February 11, 2005

A9 Yellow Pages Photos

A9 (the search engine owned by now offers photos of the businesses at addresses in several cities as part of their yellow pages. You can find out more about how they did it here.

The French Yellow Pages (Les Pages Jaunes) has done this for several cities in France and Spain.

Southern Spaces Internet Journal

I just discovered a rather innovative "Internet journal and scholarly forum" called Southern Spaces. This project out of the Emory University library comprises multimedia essays, interviews, performances, and weblinks concerning scholarly study of the American South. This really shows the power of the web for educational resources.

Ask Jeeves buys Bloglines

AskJeeves has just purchased Bloglines in order to build a specialized blog search engine for its other services. They do plan to keep Bloglines as a separate service as well. I don't know whether this means that blog postings will be integrated into AskJeeves searches or if they will be searched as a separate tool. Apparently Google already owned the parent company of Blogger, so I guess this is not the start of a new trend.

Monday, February 07, 2005

New search engine MuseSeek: "Others search, we find"

MuseSeek ( ) comes from MuseGlobal (

Graphics are 'not to my taste' but the engine is pretty cool.

They let you choose one of their 9 categories to do the searching (Web Engines, Business, Entertainment, News, Booksellers, Sports, Libraries, Reference, or Careers.)

Advanced Search lets you more than one category to search and they offer 2 boxes with the choice of AND, OR or NOT.

**n.b., Link that says it lets you 'change the search rules' actually lets you change the display rules. Options include:
Results per page:
10 results per page 20 results per page

Results per source:
10 results per source 20 results per source

Retrieval by:
Fastest Relevance Date

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Good article about Search Engines

Phil Bradley's regular column in Ariadne this month talks about what else users are looking for in a search engine. Not just how good is it (really who knows) but by features like toolbars that let them easily search without typing a whole URL, to watch for new email, to easily add items to a blog and so forth. So we are/will be beginning to see people look for bundles.

For my money, one of the very nice features of Firefox is that you can add as many search engines as you want to the tool bar. This kind of openness makes it appealing to librarians supporting public workstations.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Is MetaData dead? or is the sky just falling?

From a msg posted to the LITA listserv.
From: Brian Elkins
Date: Monday - January 31, 2005 5:59 AM
Subject: [LITA-L:1006] Impact of Google
quoting Joseph Esposito to liblicense-l on Jan 30
"...what exactly is Google planning to do? How will this fit into emerging metadata schemes? Will Google become the 'universal interface' for all research? Is metasearch dead? Will enabling data harvesting by Google become a priority for publishers, and if so, how wiil this affect the libraries that license content?..."

This one's just for fun

You can see how fast WorldCat is growing. The page automatically reloads every eight seconds.

Search LexisNexis for free

Yup, that's right. See the announcement in Information Today
(You'll need a subscription to and EBSCO database like Academic Source)

or go directly to . Caveat: You have to register and, of course, you'll have to pay for articles if you want to get them from L/N.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Google Suggest

Try it out at
"As you type your search, Google offers keyword suggestions in real time"
They seem to be offering something like a browse search terms option.

Comparing search engines again

Check out a comparison of Google and SCIRUS (an Elsevier product) by a guy in the UK:

Dynamic "appropriate resolver" bookmarklets

See Daniel Chudnov's site a prototype of a way to use OpenURLs via bookmarklets.