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Information about Vertical Search

Published on January 8, 2009

Author: KnowledgeHero



Learn how and where to search vertically and how to confine your searches to get reliable and contextualized results more rapidly.

Search vertically

What for? Choose the area of the Web you want to search

Content-type search engines

Why? Broad-based search tools cannot index everything Information comes in a wide variety of formats

When? Complementary to broad-based search engines

Looking for videos? Google Video Yahoo! Video YouTube DailyMotion

Looking for images? Google Image Search Yahoo! Image Search Flickr for photos Tip: use Cooliris

Looking for news? Google News Yahoo! News Ask News Reuters

Looking for contacts? LinkedIn Spock Wink pipl

Looking for documents? SlideShare: presentations Docstoc: Office, PDF, Open Office, Text documents Use filetype: filter in broad-based search engines

Looking for shared bookmarks? Furl Ma.gnolia

Looking for blogs or posts? Google Blog Search Ask Blog Search Technorati Blogpulse

A new trend: micro-blogging Twitter Search Social Mention

all in one place…

Access internal sources using KP Contacts & experts Shared documents Internet bookmarks

Regional search engines

Why? Index confined to local Web sites

When? Searching for local information or sources

Where? A good place to start: Try the regional: filter in Yahoo! Advanced Search module of broad-based search engines

Subject search engines and databases

Why? Most value to people interested in a specific field Lots of them offer access to the Deep Web

When? Searching for more specific information

A few examples Scientific: ScienceDirect, Academic: Google Scholar Finance: Google or Yahoo! Finance Markets: Forrester

Where? A good place to start though not categorized Use keywords like ‘search’, ‘databases’, ‘search engine’... preceded by a topical keyword Browse directories like the Librarian’s Internet Index Online College Blog Interesting list of resources to access the Deep Web though some are not up-to-date

Google Coop Customizing your Search

What? Build your very own custom search engines Tell Google exactly where to look Get relevant results only

See examples at

Downsides of Coop Some Websites remain un-accessible to crawlers Your custom search engines are static

get dynamic

Try some inside Knowledge Plaza

Indeed, within Knowledge Plaza you can: Build a collaborative index of Websites Create on-the-fly search engines

To take part in this collaborative index Import bookmarks from your browser Use the Knowledge Plaza browser bookmarklet Make results always more exhaustive and qualitative

To search vertically in Knowledge Plaza Browse within the Plaza to locate a user or a workspace and use it as a search engine Jump to the Web module to get the full picture: select a few tags, a particular user and/or a whole workspace, and launch your query Results are more reliable because of human selection

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