Where librarians and the internet meet: internet searching, Web 2.0 resources, search engines and their development. These are my personal views and not those of CILIP or any other organisation I may be associated with.
Thanks to ResearchBuzz for this one, about old magazine articles which is basically what it is. A collection of old magazine articles that some nice chap is putting together himself. There's a lot of pre 1922 stuff up there, but it's now been expanded in depth and coverage. It's a real mishmash of data, but worth wandering through, especially if you have an interest in history.
Library & Information Update blog. The latest issue is now available, and Matthew Mezey is inviting comment, suggestions and so on. You can comment if you're not a member of CILIP as well by the way, which is very welcome. The magazine is available online, but you can only see the ToC if you're not a member, which is fair enough.
WEB 2.0 THE MAGAZINE: Home. This is a new venture, first published this year. it's got some interesting articles in it - Enterprise 2.0, Welcome to the cloud, features and so on. There are also weekly updates. What is odd though, and this is addressed in the latest weekly update is that they don't actually use Web 2.0 technology! Admittedly they've started to use Twitter, but very limited so far. While they're open to participation on the part of their readers they're not quite prepared to take that leap yet. As for an RSS feed - well, there just isn't one. There IS a subscribe option which takes 2 clicks to get to a form, with *7* mandatory fields to fill in plus 5 others. I'm sorry, but there is no way I'm going to fill out a form - that's just madness!
This is a real shame, because the magazine has some good and interesting content, but while they are focussing their "resources on traditional process and content" I really do think they're missing out on the bigger picture. They also stress that they're first and foremost a magazine (their embolden) and strive to always maintain a magazine metaphor. So, they'll be doing this all in print format that I can purchase from a news stand will they? All very odd.
Library & Information Update blog : How to get the most out of Exalead. As some of you may know, I write a monthly Q&A column in the CILIP update magazine. Recently I've moved to writing a full page, instead of half a page, but rather than answer more questions I've started a section called 'Searchlight' which takes a look at some lesser known, but still very useful search engines. As you can see from the heading, this month I'm looking at one of my most favourite engines Exalead.
My latest column is in Ariadne Issue 57. As the name suggests, I've looked at a variety of different social search engines, specifically Twitter Search, Social Mention, tuSavvy and Delver, with mentions of a few more.