Entries from May 2009

Wolfman vs. Googzilla

May 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

What’s not to love about a good fight? Check out David Talbot’s “Wolfram Alpha and Google Face Off” in Technology Review. I don’t come away with a sense that I’ll regularly use either Wolfram Alpha or Google Public Data, but it’s nice to start seeing people off-road with them and compare the results. The Wolfram […]

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YouTube vs. Unauthorized Advertising

May 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

I was intrigued to see a flurry of  posts today about how YouTube is cracking down on unauthorized advertising. Naturally, since YouTube’s raison d’etre is to make videos available for free, they’d like a cut of any advertising revenue associated with the content they serve–particularly since they’re bleeding money to pay for bandwidth. But some […]

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A Topology of Search Concepts

May 4th, 2009 · 10 Comments · General

Vegard Sandvold has an interesting post entitled “Help Me Design a Topology of Search Concepts” in which he visualizes assorted search approaches in a two-dimensional space, the two dimensions being the degree of information accessibility and whether the approach is algorithm-powered or user-powered. His four quadrants: Low information accessibility + algorithm-powered = simple search (e.g., […]

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SIGIR ’09 Registration Details

May 1st, 2009 · 2 Comments · General

You can now register for SIGIR 2009! Here are the details from the registration page: Registration fees for ACM members are as follows: $695 for the main three-day conference, including the conference banquet; $395 for students $175 for half-day tutorials $295 for full-day tutorials or two half-day tutorials $150 for workshops $250 for Wednesday’s Industry […]

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Conferences, Conferences, Conferences!

May 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · General

Apologies for the lull in blogging this week, but it’s been a busy week in what looks to be a busy spring (and summer!) of conferences related to information access. This week, I was in Boston, presenting at the Infonortics Search Engine Meeting and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers Spring Conference. […]

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