Entries from February 2009

Microsoft Delivers a Bundle of Joy

February 10th, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

The news, which has been an open secret among enterprise search insiders for a while, is finally official: Microsoft announced at FASTForward ’09 that they will be bundling the FAST enterprise search product with their SharePoint product. To be more precise, it will be available as a $25K /server add-on for SharePoint customers. Considering the […]

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Writing a Book on Faceted Search

February 10th, 2009 · 15 Comments · Uncategorized

I’ve been slowly telling friends and family about my upcoming project, but now that it’s published online, I thought I’d share the news more publicly: I’m writing a book about faceted search. It will be part of the Morgan & Claypool series of Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, edited by none other […]

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So you think you can run a search conference…

February 9th, 2009 · 9 Comments · General

Today is the first day of FASTForward ’09, the annual user conference hosted by FAST (the enterprise search company acquired by Microsoft last year). I thought it would be a good day to reflect on the variety of search-related conferences and user groups that are competing for our attention and wallets these days. First, there […]

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Note to Bloggers: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

February 8th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Dan Lyons, better known to most as Fake Steve Jobs, wrote an article in Newsweek today entitled “Time to Hang Up the Pajamas“, or “Growing Rich by Blogging Is a High-Tech Fairy Tale”. An excerpt: My first epiphany occurred in August 2007, when The New York Times ran a story revealing my identity, which until […]

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WikiDashboard: Visualizing Wikipedia Edits

February 8th, 2009 · Comments Off on WikiDashboard: Visualizing Wikipedia Edits · Uncategorized

Ed Chi, a senior research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), recently delivered a presentation at MIT about  WikiDashboard, a tool that he and PARC colleague Bongwon Suh developed in order to visualize the dynamic nature of Wikipedia’s collaborative editing process. Erica Naone, a regular here at The Noisy Channel, wrote a nice […]

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Comments I Read: Jeremy Pickens

February 7th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

Jeremy Pickens doesn’t have a blog–as far as the blogosphere goes, he is homeless. Or rather, he likes to hang out at my house–which is great, because he’s the kind of guest who brings over good wine and then helps you with the cooking. He is by far the most active contributor to the comment […]

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What Would Google Do? / What Does Google Do?

February 5th, 2009 · 15 Comments · General

This evening, I had the opportunity to hear Jeff Jarvis talk about his recently published book, “What Would Google Do?“. That opportunity was briefly in doubt: 277 people signed up for the event at the Daylife office, which had planned for a capacity of 150. Fortunately for me, my friend Ken Ellis let me in […]

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ACM Recommendations on Open Government

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Committee just published its Recommendations on Open Government: Data published by the government should be in formats and approaches that promote analysis and reuse of that data. Data republished by the government that has been received or stored in a machine-readable format (such as as online regulatory filings) should preserve […]

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The Banality of Crowds

February 5th, 2009 · 8 Comments · General

The other day, my wife told me a story that struck me as a great parable about exploratory search–that is, if true stories qualify as parables. It was lunch time and she was facing a problem familiar to many of us city dwellers (well, New Yorkers at least): she wanted to find some place interesting […]

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Matt Cutts: Google Still Has Big Ideas

February 3rd, 2009 · 39 Comments · Uncategorized

While I strive to be fair and balanced in my coverage of companies–especially those that in any way compete with Endeca–somehow I seem to come down hard on Google. But today I’m glad to have the opportunity to point readers to a post by Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s Webspam team (and a speaker […]

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