Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Searchlores, More Morning Stuff

Hello, I have been thinking about what people say that no one really understands the web and searching. The site Fravia will be eye opening to many of you. It teaches a wide variety of advanced web search techniques. Some of it requires a decent understanding of programming. If you are a researcher, there is also some very deep content in this site, both on the philosophy of search, and how to do some really interesting things.

Thre is a lot which is not adequately explained in your standard class on how to search for things. Every day new types of searching for things on the web are developed.

This is just something which I think many of you should know about.


Pam Hoffman said...

I went to the site you mention. It's a little confusing to me.

Any thoughts on how to navigate around? I could really use a site like that!

I love to research stuff... :)

Pam Hoffman

Book Calendar said...

The real key to using this thing is first to go to the basic information first. Then read the essays. It is really much easier after you get the authors philosophy which is quite strange.

He is not in the library book world mindset, but in the hacker/recruiter/cybersecurity/programmer world so it will feel very different than what you might expect. These people use search the way the computer works, not the way the human works.

In other words they understand how the search engine works then build the queries aroudn the computing side of the equation. It is very different than what you would see in a standard search class at a library or publishing school.

They also work on understanding how people work with words in the semantic sense, in other words, they use social engineering-- hacking manipulation of humans to find things, expert identification, etc.

You might find similar people to him at Recon. Here is a bit from Wikipedia on him.

For a while I worked as a human resources sourcer for an ISP. I had to learn other methods for finding information than what you get in library school.

Another place which may help to get the idea of this type of researcher is

It is not standard research.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this tip, that I found casually browsing around. The site is like an iceberg, and requires weeks to understand, but it is indeed full of lurking gems.
Thanks again.