Web 2.0 and searching!

While I have been away from my blogging my bloglines has filled to bursting with news and developments in the blogosphere. It will take a few weeks of intensive reading and thinking to get back on track.

However, a message in from ReadWrite Web is important to share to keep the discussion going about web searching and the technologies driving this. It is particularly important to be aware of changes and developments if we are working from a digital/information literacy focus with a view to supporting student research processes. We need to understand what is happening in the field, and be aware of the impact of changes on the strategies that we promote.

Read the full post from Read/Write Web, and learn about 3rd generation search technologies.

“Traditional search engines are (were?) based on information retrieval technologies. They implement operations such as boolean queries, proximity searches, text relevance and link analysis.”

“Third-generation search technologies are designed to combine the scalability of existing internet search engines with new and improved relevancy models; they bring into the equation user preferences, collaboration, collective intelligence, a rich user experience, and many other specialized capabilities that make information more productive.”

OK – then we had better start revising our information literacy strategies pronto to incorporate these changes.

Part two will be along soon!

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