Thursday, June 28, 2007

Metasearching @ ALA

Well, I´m back from the ALA conference in Washington, and there seems to be some progress to metasearch products; nothing revolutionary, but the interfaces are getting more attention oriented towards letting the users find what they need.

Federated Searching report from Palinet

For a quick overview of the current state of federated search, be sure to look at John Houser's presentation Federated Searching (ppt).

Faceting and clustering

Faceting is a "simple" grouping of data from the results, like say, grouping all results from a certain database, or for a certain publication date, or for a certain author. However, clustering actually goes deeper into