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Category Archives: Search Engines

Search Engine Backed by Internet-Wide Scanning

“Censys is a search engine that enables researchers to ask questions about the hosts and networks that compose the Internet. Censys collects data on hosts and websites through daily ZMap and ZGrab scans of the IPv4 address space, in turn maintaining a database of how hosts and websites are configured. Researchers can interact with thisContinue Reading

EFF – Google’s Student Tracking Isn’t Limited to Chrome Sync

“Many media reports on (as well as at least one response to) the FTC complaint we submitted yesterday about Google’s violation of the Student Privacy Pledge have focused heavily on one issue—Google’s use of Chrome Sync data for non-educational purposes. This is an important part of our complaint, but we want to clarify that GoogleContinue Reading

Step on stage with the Google Cultural Institute

Google Official Blog:  “It takes years of practice to perfect the pirouettes. Months of rehearsal to get the crescendos just right. Multiple stories of lights, rigging and machinery to set the scene. At the world’s leading performing arts venues —like Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Bolshoi Theatre—artists, costume designers, musicians, stage crews and manyContinue Reading

Precision Local and State Government Search

“GovScan searches thousands of local government websites to bring you targeted, precision results. To begin a state specific search, choose the first letter of the state you would like to search: A C D F G H I K L M N O P R S T U V W Whether you are a governmentContinue Reading

Batea – The clinical browser data mining project

November 17, 2015 – “DocGraph publicly released Batea, a browser extension that tracks clinical reference URLs visited by medical students when they study. Batea was built by DocGraph with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Medical students across the country are encouraged to download the Batea extension for use on their personal computers.Continue Reading

Google releases report – search quality evaluation process

The human interface – search quality evaluation guideline report by Google, November 12, 2015 – 160 pages guide – “As a Search Quality evaluator, you will work on many different types of rating projects. The General Guidelines primarily cover Page Quality (PQ) rating and Needs Met( NM) rating; however, the concepts are also important forContinue Reading

Google – European privacy requests for search removals

Google Transparency Report [snipped] – “In a May 2014 ruling, Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González, the Court of Justice of the European Union found that individuals have the right to ask search engines like Google to remove certain results about them. The court decided that search engines must assess each individual’s requestContinue Reading

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) RDF Linked Data (beta)

“The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is now offering a beta version of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) data in RDF (Resource Description Framework). RDF is a well-known standard for representing structured data on the Web. Systems that use RDF are often called Linked Data because of RDF emphasis on well-described links between resources. DuringContinue Reading

Google – Updated Search Quality Rating Guidelines

Google Webmaster Central Blog: “Developing algorithmic changes to search involves a process of experimentation. Part of that experimentation is having evaluators—people who assess the quality of Google’s search results—give us feedback on our experiments. Ratings from evaluators do not determine individual site rankings, but are used help us understand our experiments. The evaluators base theirContinue Reading

Google People Operations highlights effective teamwork

“A group of us in Google’s People Operations (what we call HR) set out to answer this question using data and rigorous analysis: What makes a Google team effective? We shared our research earlier today with the Associated Press, and we’re sharing the findings here, as well. Over two years we conducted 200+ interviews withContinue Reading

GPO launches next generation of guide to US government

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched an updated and redesigned version of Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government. The educational website is named after one of our Nation’s most influential Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin.  The site is full of educational content on the workings of the U.S. Government and U.S. history. The updated siteContinue Reading

Google app now understands you a little better

Google Inside Search: “…the Google app is starting to truly understand the meaning of what you’re asking. We can now break down a query to understand the semantics of each piece….so we can get at the intent behind the entire question. That lets us traverse the Knowledge Graph much more reliably to find the rightContinue Reading