Entries from April 2009

The Craft of Exploratory Search

April 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Posts like this one from Gene Golovchinsky make me feel sad that I didn’t actually attend CHI, though I’m glad I did get to hang out with the exploratory search clique that Wednesday evening. As I’m helping get the HCIR ’09 workshop together, it’s nice to see so much interest in the subject on the […]

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CACM Article on DB/IR

April 16th, 2009 · Comments Off on CACM Article on DB/IR · General

In my rush to finish writing my book this month, I haven’t had much time for reading. But I did notice an article in the April ’09 issue of Communications of the ACM that caught my attention: “Database and Information-Retrieval Methods for Knowledge Discovery” (no subscription necessary for online access). I’m not sure what sort […]

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DeWitt and Stonebraker vs. MapReduce, Round 2

April 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

A few months ago, database titans David J. DeWitt and Michael Stonebraker wrote¬† a polemic entitled “MapReduce: A major step backwards” that received a lot of attention, including responses like “Relational Database Experts Jump The MapReduce Shark“. Those unfamiliar with MapReduce might want to take a look at the Wikipedia entry. Well, they’re at it […]

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The SEO War On Terror

April 14th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

I try to keep this blog apolitical, but this is just too funny and sureally on-topic to pass up. According to The Register, the British Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) “plans to train government-approved groups in search engine optimisation techniques” in order to flood the internet” with propaganda. Perhaps this is just a stimulus […]

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Enterprise Search eBook

April 14th, 2009 · Comments Off on Enterprise Search eBook · Uncategorized

Ron Miller, Contributing Editor at EContent Magazine and Editor at FierceContentManagement, just released a free eBook on enterprise search: I’m pleased to announce my new eBook: Unlock the Power of Enterprise Search. I created this eBook in conjunction with Michelle Manafy, who is Editorial Director, Enterprise Group, for Information Today, Inc. The content in the […]

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Which Blowhard Are You?

April 13th, 2009 · Comments Off on Which Blowhard Are You? · Uncategorized

I’m a few weeks late to find this flow chart in Wired to tell you which blowhard you are (I’d only seen a small subset of it before). Find out if you are Chris Anderson, Dave Winer, Jason Calcanis, Jeff Jarvis, Mark Cuban, Mike Arrington, Nick Carr, or Seth Godin. Enjoy!

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Transparency or FAIL

April 13th, 2009 · 4 Comments · General

I’ve long been proponent of transparency in search engines and recommendation systems, on the grounds that transparency cultivates trust even in the face of the inevitable fallibility of algorithmic models. Perhaps my stance has an ideological tinge. But, as we’ve seen from recent events, transparency isn’t just an academic concern. I’d like to touch on […]

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Why Publishers Don’t See Google As A Friend

April 12th, 2009 · 3 Comments · General

The raging battle between publishers–particularly the newspapers–and Google has been so overplayed lately that I’m tempted to stop blogging about it until something actually happens beyond the war of words. Still, I recently read two paragraphs, in my view, neatly summarize the terms of conflict, and I felt compelled to share them. The first is […]

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What Goes With Wine? Facets, Of Course!

April 11th, 2009 · 6 Comments · General

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal features an article about “What’s Wrong With Wine on the Web“. While it mostly complains about problems with online wine shops, it does feature a few who do it right, and I’m proud that two of the four featured sites use faceted search and are powered by Endeca. Hopefully this helps […]

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Shooting Down Magpies

April 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

As regular readers know, I’m ambivalent about advertising in general, but very clear when it comes to shill marketing campaigns. So it’s with pleasure that I see Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb outing Magpie clients in his post, “How to Sell Your Soul on Twitter and Who’s Buying“–including Apple, Skype, Cisco, StubHub, and Box.net. But be […]

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