[internet librarian] Search tools

David Weinberger

Gary Price from Infodocket is moderating a panel on what’s new in search. The first speaker is from Blekko.com , which he says “is thought of as the third search engine” in the US market. ” When you search for “kate spade” you get authenticated Kate Spade fashion stuff. Weblib.com describes itself on its site as “Natural Language Processing Tools and Customizable Knowledge Bases for Semantic Search and Discovery Applications.”

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Search Pidgin

David Weinberger

Search engines are easier because they have already trained us how to talk to them. We eventually learn that quoting a phrase searches for exactly that phrase. ’&# is way worse than “Moby-Dick harpoonist’ &# I have no idea what the curve of query sophistication looks like, but most of us have been trained to one degree or another by the search engines who are our masters and our betters.

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Power Searching with Google

Jay Cross

Search is like driving a car. Google just opened enrollment for an online course, Power Searching with Google. I signed up for several reasons: I’m insanely curious and search the web many times a day. I wanted to see Google’s instructional design. I’ve learned a number of tips and tricks: word order matters; capitalization doesn’t matter; filter image searches by color; use Command-F to pop up a text search of a page.

Design for Search

Tony Karrer

Most of our activity is looking up information, so the most common use case is search, evaluate, keep, organize. The rest search and get straight there. Interesting post by Donald Clark that points to a BCC article - Web users 'getting more selfish'. The article is a bit over the top in terms of headline, but it's main point is: people are becoming much less patient when they go online.

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Adaptive or just good design?

Clark Quinn

And, of course, it occurred to me after a conversation that there might be another example of this ‘tech fix before smart fix’ problem: adaptive learning over good design. But I would posit that before you charge off for adaptive learning, you make sure you’re doing good learning design first. Adaptation on top of good learning design is likely to add some extra benefits, but adaptation on old learning design just doesn’t make sense.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade. Design is no longer just for physical objects, e.g. cars, bridges, shoes, jewelry, smartphones. Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. The application of design thinking beyond products isn’t new.

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The Pull of Narrative – In Search of Persistent Context

John Hagel

  In an even more fine-grained way, experiences can be designed and used to support narratives as well.    We also seek meaning, purpose and identity on an individual level – something that narratives, and little else, are exquisitely designed to provide. We live in a world of ever more change and choice , a world where we have far more opportunity than ever to achieve our potential. That kind of world is enormously exciting, and full of options.

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Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. Do I know any more about search than I did ten days ago? You can narrow a search by date. Previously I approached Google searches much like looking something up in an encyclopedia or dictionary. After the course, I treat search more as an iterative process. A pre-search can inform the real search. Or after the first search, I can add to the query to zoom in on what I’m after.

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[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

“In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” Now people arrive through search. It’s designed to integrate with other agency content. Someone has a general idea, but not informed enough to search. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov. ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.

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Bring back the old Google Image search

Doc Searls

I hate the new Google Image search. There are also more options on the search results page. My advice: keep the new layout on the results page, but go back to the old design on links from each result. I used the old one constantly and understood it well, because there wasn’t much to understand. You clicked on an image, and it went to a page with two frames. The one above gave a route to the original image, and the one below was the whole page the image was on.

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Instructional design in 140 characters #140id

Jane Hart

Evernote tip: search (e.g.: ‘ tag:xx -tag:yy notebook:yy ‘) ; click magnify glass icon; name & save search for reuse. When I talk about the power of the simplicity of Twitter, people often tell me you can’t say much in 140 characters. So I then usually point them to the very popular Twitter account @cookbook , where on a regular basis Maureen Evans tweets “tiny recipes”, like the ones embedded below. Whisky Ice Cream: Stir6yolk/2c milk/?c

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 5

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

To filter the results, though, I did something different: url~youtube This creates a regular expression search in the Media table, looking for a media URL that contains the string 'youtube'. We launched the course this week and I did a bunch of things to get ready. This summarizes them in no particular order (except that they were all done in the last few days in a frantic rush). Videos Videos are an important part of any MOOC and these MOOCs are no exception.

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Top Ten Subliminal Searches

Tony Karrer

As I mentioned before more than half of the traffic to my blog comes from search engines. What's sometimes fun to do is take a look at various search terms that people use to find my blog. This morning I had a really good chuckle because I saw that the search: top 10 reasons not to do your homework Put me in position number 2 on Google (at least on the servers in the US that I used). Or if there's some hidden meaning that I somehow get found for these searches.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

p (I have to do a Google search on 'WinSCP show hidden files' to remember how to find hidden files like.htaccess -- ah, here it is.) In the previous segment I decided to create a course with modules and sections, and set up the modules. I'll fill out the actual content of those modules over time. But now I need to stance face-to-face with something I've been dreading.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 13

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

There are two major problems with the Reader as it is currently designed: - it's slow. When I first designed the PLE interface, I created a test modal (which I had planned to use for a login screen). I need to design the feed viewer so that it's in two frames, such that the top drop-down menu frame (which I call the viewer 'controls') change the content of the lower frame (which I call the viewer 'body' in which we display the arrow controls and the individual links.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 1

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

For example, instead of creating a course simply by filling in boxes in predefined forms, I can think about the structure and format ahead of time and design it exactly how I want. I did a bit of searching around and determined that the overall structure is pretty common: - course - modules - an array of individual units of instruction - sections - an array of individual offerings of the course Like this: Figure 1.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 6

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

elements, a Typeahead - for longer lists, a form to page, plus a search/lookup feature I won't be able to do all of that now. Also, maybe I should allow for some search parameters in keylist. Ethics I've just finished sending off the ethics review board (REB) documents for research ethics review. This is something I should have done in August, not October, and something that was done in all our previous MOOCs, but by someone else more competent than me.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 4

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I don't plan to analyze, except to search for a specific hashtag (I expect the API will do this for me). I really need a way to turn Twitter and Mastodon on and off for the Chatter searches.) Activities Each week of the course will feature some events. These are mostly live video conferences with guests. I also want to be able to show slides and to include the activity feed. I've been creating these using xSplit and then broadcasting the entire screen, but it's a bit unreliable.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 9

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

because when you use ~ (as in url~youtube) it executes a regular expression search, which means (a) regular expression characters can be used (yay!) but (b) if you use them as part of a search string they have to be escaped, which is what the does. This is very different from previous models of online education, where a great deal of attention is paid to design. The RSS Feed The course isn't truly distributed until it has an RSS feed.

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Designing E-Learning 3.0 in gRSShopper - 7

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Now when I list feeds , there's a way to filter the listing: Figure 83 - List Feeds - search function This is the bit that's broken. more time passes) OK, I've edited the search form (the search itself hasn't been fixed yet): Figure 84 - Feed Search I need to add the filter that selects for one or more types, but for now, being able to view all feeds works fine.

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Google Brings SMS Search to Ghana and Nigeria

Adaptive Path

Yesterday Google announced a test launch of SMS search in Nigeria and Ghana. In places like Africa where the prevalence of mobile phones far outstrips access to the Internet via a PC, services like Google’s SMS search makes a lot of sense. Looking forward to hearing more about this as it gets released throughout the African continent… Tags: Emerging Markets Service Design Interaction Design Mobile

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Anticipating the Next Wave of Experience Design

John Hagel

Experience design has emerged in part as a response to this growing need we all have.   It is no longer enough to design products and services so that they have aesthetic appeal and perform well.    We are on the cusp of another major shift in the focus of experience design, one that moves far beyond the impact of individual products and services. The design challenge becomes how to design experiences that maximize flow.

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UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Then touch suddenly brought in the centuries-old influence of industrial design. JJG: Like you, I have always seen design through the lens of storytelling.

Transformative Experience Design

Clark Quinn

training department rethinks to managers, directors, VPs; experience design reviews/refines to learning teams), my thoughts on learning experience design took a leap. However, the takeaway is that ritual is hard to design, most artificial attempts fail miserably. Both a search on transformation and a twitter response brought that element to the surface. The other element that the search found was spirituality (not just religious). Tags: design

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Design: our barriers

Clark Quinn

When it comes to problem solving, (and we can think of design as problem-solving as well as search), we have certain behaviors that predispose us to certain types of solutions (in other words, prematurely limiting our search space). This can be seen when designers are familiar with a particular implementation tool or environment. The designs then tend to resemble what is easy to do with that tool (the old “when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail&# ).Â

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Designing E.T.’s Experience: Interview with UX Week Speaker Doug Vakoch of SETI Institute

Adaptive Path

At UX Week this September we’ll talk to the person who can answer this question and help us consider how solving this far-out problem can help us design and communicate better with our users here on earth. In our conversation, Doug lays out the design principles for communication with E.T., Brandon: Another approach in User Experience is to identify design principles to be infused into every part of the experience. Another design principle is to think in terms of redundancy.

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[liveblog] Judith Donath on designing for sociality (“Social Machines”)

David Weinberger

I read it this weekend and it is a rich work that explores the ways in which good design can improve our online sociality. Judith begins by saying that the theme of the book is the importance of online social interaction and designing for it. She uses a Mark Twain story [" Was the World Made for Man? "] about an oyster’s point of view to remind us that online design isn’t really all that evolved. She came back from Japan trying to design a more useful display.

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Teaching in the Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

You need good course design, empathy, competence (which is where professors excel), and the imagination to create context. At AU, we use people who have that expertise help us with course design, so experts don’t have to do this as well as their own discipline. Is there an impact on campus design? Summary notes from the Tony Bates presentation at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Alternative and Activist Search Engines

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Video Killed the Radio Star but What About the Instructional Designer? wisdom » June 22, 2007 Alternative and Activist Search Engines So a post here lays out what it would be like to live for a day without using Google for searching. The value is that it lists 100+ alternative search engines that you may not even be aware of.

Report from Denmark: Designing the new public library at Aarhus, and the People’s Lab

David Weinberger

” Knud shows a photo of children doing searches by interacting with blocks on the floor. Also rapid prototyping, with inspiration from design thinking (as per IDEO). 1) You’re designers, but it’s about designing the interaction. (2) Q: Design is crucial. Knud Schulze, manager of the main library in Aarhus , Denmark and Jne Kunze of the People’s Lab in Denmark are giving talks, hosted by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.

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Skills, competencies, and moving forward

Clark Quinn

So I didn’t feel inadequate looking it up (and probably should’ve asked my colleagues), but my search revealed a consistent viewpoint that kept me from having to bother them. design strategyI was asked, recently, about skills versus competencies.

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Tips to Avoid Millennials Marketing Hype

Clark Quinn

The content starts off with this scintillating line: “if you’re searching for current, new ways to engage people online and keep your business thriving, look to your youngest learners.” design meta-learning

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What is wrong with (higher) education?

Clark Quinn

The ‘developing you as an individual’ is really building your more general skills: communicating, working with others, a positive attitude, knowing how to search, etc. There’re two elements here: the learning design, and engagement. design meta-learning strategy

This Wednesday: Beyond the Desktop Panel Discussion

Adaptive Path

He cited Google Voice Search on the iPhone, an application that combines both voice and sensor input, as an important technology to watch. One of our panelists - Noah Richardson , manager of Tellme’s Mobile User Experience group - will share his expertise designing voice-driven systems and interfaces. Jennifer Bove , a Principal at Kicker Studio , will share her perspective and expertise in designing products with gestural interfaces.

Interview with Margret Schmidt, VP of User Experience Design and Research at TiVo (Part 1)

Adaptive Path

Her extensive experience heading up design at TiVo has given her a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver a great experience in a high technology product. At TiVo, we were fortunate that the team that designed the very first TiVo DVR realized they were making something revolutionary, and they wanted the interface to reflect that. Back in 1998 they created a list of mantras that they kept in mind during design. The same collaboration happens with design.

Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

Beth Kanter

Guest Post: Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default? It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, but it does require strategy, thought and design. It took some soul searching, important discussions and time, but it basically involved these three steps: 1. Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care.

Do you want to DO design thinking? Start with the d.School's.

Bob Sutton

Search. Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Rakesh Khurana: Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. Rakesh Khurana: Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Bob Sutton.

The Better By Design Summit: Cool Things I Heard in New Zealand.

Bob Sutton

Search. Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Rakesh Khurana: Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. Rakesh Khurana: Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs. Design is like a sound that only dogs can hear.

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

Home About Complexity Reading List Knowledge Management Reading List In Defense of Data Centrism John 0 comments Education System Dec 23 In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices. I was designing the platform before taking on the fight to tease out relevant data about student performance. No comments Trackbacks/Pingbacks Tweets that mention In Defense of Data Centrism | Organizational Knowledge Design -- Topsy.com - [.]

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Images processed 60K faster? No! And more…

Clark Quinn

Just search on “images processed 60K times faster than text” You’ll get lots of citations, and a few debunkings. So, please, practice professionalism, avoid the hype, and use good principles in design and practice. design meta-learning strategyRecently, I’ve run into the claim that images are processed 60K times faster than text. And, folks, it’s a myth. More over, it’s exemplary of bad practices in business.

Doc Searls Weblog · Maybe they should call it ButtBook

Doc Searls

Doc Searls Weblog Home About Subscribe to feed ‹ Running the numbers • Besides come cheap › Maybe they should call it ButtBook September 6, 2007 in Future , Ideas , News , Places , problems | 8 comments We’re expanding search so that people can see which of their friends are on Facebook more easily , Phillip Fung says on the company blog. Please note that you will only appear in searches outside Facebook when your search settings are set to “Everyone&#.

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Content systems not content packages

Clark Quinn

That we should start designing our content into smaller chunks. Recognizing that LXPs are portals, not about creating experiences, we see the need for federated search. With chatbot interfaces, we can make it easier to automate the search and offering to deliver the right thing to the right person at the right time. design strategy technologyIn a conversation last week (ok, an engagement), the topic of content systems came up.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities" (Campus Technology)

Mark Oehlert

» February 11, 2008 "MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities" (Campus Technology) ( story link ) Now this is what I call an *LMS (lecture management system). e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Picnik: My new favorite online photo editor | Main | GDC Update 1: Geez My Hotel Room is Small!