Entries from May 2010

Are Links A Distraction?

May 31st, 2010 · 26 Comments · General

Eric Andersen called my attention to a post by Nick Carr entitled “Experiments in delinkification“, in which Carr argues that links embedded in text are distracting, and that we’re better off treating them like the footnotes they evolved from and putting them in a block at the end of the text. It’s an interesting piece, […]

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HCIR 2010 Submission Deadlines Approaching

May 28th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Just a reminder to all of you HCIR people out there that the submission deadline for the HCIR 2010 Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval is rapidly approaching! Research papers and position papers are due on Monday, June 14th, and HCIR Challenge reports are due on Monday, July 9th. We’re looking forward to an exciting workshop […]

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Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval

May 23rd, 2010 · 3 Comments · General

The other day, I received a surprise package in the mail: a copy of IBM researchers David Carmel and Elad Yom-Tov‘s newly published lecture on “Estimating the Query Difficulty for Information Retrieval“. I wasn’t even aware that this book was being written, so I’m especially appreciative of the publisher’s kindness to send me a copy. If you […]

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Elastic Lists for Faceted Search — Now Open Source!

May 20th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

If you like faceted search and are interested in design patterns for it, I encourage you to check out Moritz Stefaner‘s work on elastic lists. Here is his description: Elastic lists allow to navigate large, multi-dimensional info spaces with just a few clicks, never letting you run into situations with zero results. They enhance traditional […]

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People You May Know — Now With Faceted Search!

May 15th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

I was just looking at LinkedIn and found myself pleasantly surprised by a minor UI improvement in the “People You May Know” widget: as you delete people you don’t know, the widget now updates without your having to go to another page or refresh the home page. Curious, I looked to see if LinkedIn had […]

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The Google Job Experiment

May 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

This is just so brilliant that I had to post it here. I’ve blogged in the past about alerting spam, but this guy took the idea to a new level, with great return on investment. Perhaps the news about this story will make the tactic more popular and thus less effective through dilution. Still, it’s […]

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Slides from Enterprise Search Summit Keynotes

May 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment · General

Here are the slides from Marti Hearst’s and Peter Morville‘s keynote presentations at the Enterprise Search Summit: Designing Search For Humans Search & Discovery Patterns

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Something Different from Google New York

May 12th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my colleagues here at Google New York were working cool stuff. Today some of them officially blogged about it! Check out today’s official Google blog post about “Understanding the web to find short answers and ‘something different‘” by engineer John Provine, which talks about Google’s latest work in question […]

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Peter Morville’s Keynote at Enterprise Search Summit

May 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · General

This morning’s Enterprise Search Summit keynote was by Peter Morville, who has written a number of best-selling books about information architecture. I’ve known Peter for a while and had the pleasure of serving as a reviewer for his latest book, Search Patterns, but had never seen him present this material live. As you can see […]

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Marti Hearst’s Keynote at Enterprise Search Summit

May 11th, 2010 · 9 Comments · General

The Enterprise Search Summit is taking place in New York this week, and I was lucky to be able to attend Marti Hearst’s opening keynote this morning about designing search for humans. If you’ve read her book or heard her present its material, then you’re probably familiar with the pitch she made. Still, it’s great […]

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