Social Aspects of Search: A History

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Presented by Prof. Terry Brooks (i-School) - [homepage].

Slides that Terry will speak against

Search, considered either as "websearch" or the Semantic Web, inherits both techniques and methodologies of librarianship and information management of the 20th century. For example, cultural assumptions latent in descriptive cataloging, classification and indexing express themselves in Web recommendations for structuring presentations. Cultural assumptions about citation linkages and citer motivations underlie Web link analysis. Identical linguistic problems and the necessity of making assumptions about rhetoric and document structure, unresolved in paper search systems, challenged the architects of digital search systems.

Before class:

  • Peruse Terry's slides and follow the links on the pages
  • Check out the articles that are linked and browse through the other sites
  • Come to class with questions for him