This is always a fun session - we get a number of speakers who are experts in the field of search, and fire questions at them from the audience. This year we had a great set of questions, ranging from search techniques to weblogs, the rise of Google, the role of commercial resources, tagging and folksonomies to what each of the panel would do if they were President of the Internet. A thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing session.
This was a very interesting session (though I would say that, given that I was one of the speakers). My presentation was on 'Search is no longer about search', Karen spoke on Desktop search tools, going through each of the major ones in turn with a very thorough evaluation, given the limited time available. Mark then talked about Tools developed for image retrieval.
Online Information started nice and early, but unfortunately as my train was delayed, I didn't. This is a picture of the exhibition hall, just to give you an idea of the size of it. There's another picture over in my Flickr account which shows the marvellous ceiling a little better. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/philbradley/68385653/)
I'm going to be speaking at the Online Conference tomorrow and Wednesday, and if I get time, I will also blog about it as well. I'm speaking on 'Search is no longer about search' on Tuesday afternoon, moderating the following session entitled 'Information discovery - your searching questions answered!' and I'll be doing a workshop on the Wednesday on webpage design. If you're attending the conference, do come and say hi. There's more on the conference at the website and of course there's a blog to go with it: InfoToday Blog.
There was a bunch of discussions earlier this year about the possibility of a Google calendar. Just as an interesting note but calendar.google.com takes you to the Google home page. Does this mean anything? Who can say.
Well, not quite - they've not got into transatlantic flights yet. However, they have opened Google Space at Heathrow, which allows travellers to search email etc on 10 computers and explore what Google has to offer. It's closing at the end of December, but if it's a success they may expand their idea to other airports.
Link: Who's Afraid of Google? Everyone..Nice article from Wired on why different groups are getting very concerned about what Google is doing. Kevin Kelleher identifies several areas, such as video, classifieds, telecoms, operating systems, print, productivity programs and ecommerce. He also provides a useful 'reality check' against each item. Worth reading if you have concerns about what Google is doing and where it's going.