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Category Archives: Search Engines

A New (Beta) Interface for the UK Web Archive

“The UK Web Archive has a new user interface!

What’s new?

  • For the first time you can search both the ‘Open UK Web Archive [The Open UK Web Archive was started in 2005 and comprises of approximately 15,000 websites that can be viewed anywhere] and the ‘Legal Deposit Web Archive’ [The Legal Deposit Web Archive was started in 2013 and comprises millions of websites but these can only be viewed in the Reading Rooms of UK Legal Deposit Libraries] from the same search box
  • We have improved the search and have included faceting so that it’s easier to find what you are looking for
  • A simple, clean design that (hopefully) allows the content to be the focus
  • Easily browsable ‘Special Collections’ (curated groups of websites on a theme, topic or event..”

Improving Search and discovery on Google

Google Blog: “Search is not just about answering your questions—it’s also about discovery. We search to explore new topics of interest, to find new angles to ideas or things we think we already know, or even to uncover information that we didn’t even think to ask about. Over the years, we’ve developed many features to… Continue Reading

Open source journal articles combined with topical search engines change paradigm of pay to read

Wired: “…But most science is still paywalled. More than three quarters of published journal articles—114 million on the World Wide Web alone, by one (lowball) estimate—are only available if you are affiliated with an institution that can afford pricey subscriptions or you can swing $40-per-article fees. In the last several years, though, scientists have made… Continue Reading

The evolving landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures

The evolving landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures, Stephane Goldstein. “This report, commissioned from Knowledge Exchange (KE), is an overview and synthesis of the evolving landscape of Federated Research Data Infrastructures (FRDIs) in the six KE partner countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The fieldwork and study underlying the report… Continue Reading

Google Maps gets a new look

Google Blog: “The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you’ll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a restaurant to your… Continue Reading

Leading News Outlets Establish Transparency Standards to Help Readers Identify Trustworthy News Sources

Google, Facebook, Bing and Twitter to use these “Trust Indicators” to highlight credible journalism: “At a time when the public’s trust in news is declining in much of the world, the news industry is launching a new set of transparency standards that help people easily assess the quality and reliability of journalism. Leading media companies… Continue Reading

Google’s job search feature now providing salary information

Google Blog – “Searching for a new job can be a painful process, but Google’s latest tool is looking to make things a bit easier. Google announced on Wednesday that salary information for job postings will be visible directly in the search results, which means people won’t have to click and scan job descriptions to… Continue Reading

New Google feature to help evaluate publisher content

Google Blog: “As tens of thousands of publishers of all sizes push out content every day, chances are you’ve come across a publication you’re not familiar with or one you wanted to learn more about. To help in this situation, publisher Knowledge Panels on Google will now show the topics the publisher commonly covers, major… Continue Reading

Google partners with Aclima in mapping out air pollution levels on Google Earth

TNW: “Google has undertaken yet another initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The company has teamed up with envirotech firm Aclima to measure air pollution levels in California and map out the findings on its Earth platform. The effort will see the two companies release hyperlocal air quality… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – 200 universities just launched 560 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

Via LLRX – 200 universities just launched 560 free online courses. Here’s the full list. Dhawal Shah, Founder of the online course search engine – https://www.class-central.com/ – identifies free online courses in a dozen disciplines: Computer Science, Mathematics, Programming, Data Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education & Teaching, Health & Medicine, Business, Personal Development, Engineering, Art… Continue Reading

J.F.K. Assassination Records now fully searchable free

The Black Vault‏ @blackvaultcom – “Just converted 52,000+ ARRB Emails into searchable .pdf files – now indexed on #JFKFiles Search tool at #blackvault. The search engine has 12,742,440 terms – consisting 100% of the recent #JFKFiles release.” Continue Reading

Data – Google and Facebook now have direct influence over 70% of internet traffic

Do you use Google all the time – at work, on your personal and work mobile devices, tablets, and home/work laptops? This article by André Staltz, The Web began dying in 2014, here’s how, was published on October 30, 2017 and the data he references may surprise you, or not. “Before the year 2014, there… Continue Reading