In April, the Legal Services of Northern California's Findability Project was featured on a Computerworld webinar. (See "Google Sponsors Webinar About LSNC's Findability Project" for the announcement.) If you missed the live session, a recording of that webinar is now available online. - K
If you missed the session "Knowledge Management: What it is, why it matters, and (Google) options for making what you know findable" at the LSC TIG Conference, you have another opportunity to learn how legal aid programs are addressing knowledge management.
On Tuesday, April 29 at 2 pm Eastern, Google is sponsoring the webinar "Advancing Knowledge Sharing with Google: The LSNC Story," where Brian Lawlor and Mark Sawyer from Legal Services of Northern California will recount their experience implementing an enterprise-level Google Search Appliance, a project they referred to as The Findability Project.
I search the Internet a lot. I've been known to use Yahoo or Bing on occasion, but I mainly search with Google. (Unless it's breaking news. Then I always search Twitter first.) Over time, I've learned tricks to improve my results, weed out junk, and save time.
Recently, The New York Times compiled a list of 10 Simple Google Search Tricks, which includes many of my favorites as well as a couple new tricks. The highlights:
- Don't struggle with finding what you want on a site when it doesn't have a built-in search. Use Google's "site:" operator.
- Get rid of unrelated results with the "-" operator. This helps a lot if you want to search "pro bono" but don't want to see anything related to "U2" or "Sonny & Cher."
- Enter an area code, and the first result should be a map of the area it covers.
The one that they didn't mention that I use most often: searching for an exact phrase. You add quotation marks around the phrase. For example: "legal aid" will return pages with the phrase "legal aid" and not just the words "legal" and "aid."
What are your favorite search tips? Do you stick to Yahoo or Bing because of tricks that you've learned? - K
Legal Services of Northern California announced today that the approved final evaluation report for The Findability Project is now available. (More information about The Findability Project is available from Technola at LSNC Launches "Findability Project" and LSNTAP Roundtable on Findability and the Google Search Paradigm.) - K
On Thursday, July 2nd at 11 am PT / 2 pm ET LSNTAP will host a Roundtable with Brian Lawlor, Regional Counsel for Legal Services of Northern California, who will discuss "Findability and the Google Search Paradigm: Integrating Search as a Organizational Solution." This discussion is based on LSNC’s Findability Project, an effort to integrate (and document) enterprise search in a large nonprofit legal services organization. Registration details are availble here and Brian's presentation is available here. -M
Did you know that when you search the Web with Google, you are searching only about 0.2 percent of the Web. The remainder, more than 66,800 terabytes, is part of the Deep Web, or the part of the Web that search engines haven't indexed. (For reference, 1 terabyte is 50,000 trees made into paper and printed.)
So what does the Deep Web contain? According to Wikipedia,
- Dynamic content: pages that are created on the fly.
- Unlinked content: pages that aren't linked to and don't link to any other content.
- Private Web: password-protected pages.
- Contextual Web: pages that display different content depending on who or what you are.
- Limited access content: pages protected by CAPTCHAs or other technical methods.
- Non-HTML/text content: content in file formats not handled by search engines.
A lot of researchers are examining how to access this invisible content. Last week, one potential contender in the race to expose the Deep Web launched, DeepDyve. This search engine is using techniques used in the field of genomics, an approach that differs significantly from Google's approach. The company behind the search engine is marketing it as a research engine. So while it works for searches that bring up movie times, hockey game scores, and so on, DeepDyve aims to help researchers do better research.
Unfortunately, I don't do a lot of scholarly research, so I turned to the first academic that I thought of--my Dad--and found that he is cited in Wikipedia. But that doesn't really tell me whether DeepDyve is better at research than Google. So I'd love to hear from some of you who do more research than I do. What do you think of DeepDyve? - K
From Brian Lawlor, Regional Counsel at LSNC:
Legal Services of Northern California has launched the Findability Project, a TIG-funded initiative to demonstrate how a Google Search Appliance, integrated with a SharePoint Server, can be used as a core technology for implementing enterprise-level search, and as the basic building block of an organization-wide knowledge-content system.
To keep up-to-date with the project be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed here. For more background, go here. We'll be following this project closely, and look forward to hearing from others who are implementing internal knowledge management and content sharing platforms at their organizations. (For example, using a wiki to share documents with a funder prior to a site visit.) -M
Searchme, a new search engine that's currently in beta, allows you to quickly see what you're searching for. As you type in the search box, categories related to your query begin to appear. You can then choose a specific category or "search all" and you'll see pictures of web pages that answer your search. Here's a short Jing capture to see it in action. You may recognize the interface ... it's very similar to Apple's CoverFlow. -M [Thanks, Travis.]