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  July 25, 2002  

FacetMap

"FacetMap is the first public tool that realizes your data, that maps a bunch of resources to a bunch of facets so anyone can browse your system. So we hope you like it. You can express your facet map in plain text, or in an XML format we've designed. And soon we'll support other formats that share our purpose." Visit the website...

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  July 11, 2002  

Endeca's Guided Navigation Product

According to Endeca itself, "Guided Navigation.. is the best way for your organization and your customers to find exactly what they are looking for. ...Guided Navigation ... delivers the information results you need in a precise context and then presents further options to refine and explore through search, navigation and analytics. ... Enable knowledge workers to analyze enterprise data far more productively. Help online customers efficiently and quickly find what they are looking for and buy more items more easily." Hype aside, what Endeca is providing is a faceted classification and search system. Visit Endeca...

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  July 02, 2002  

The Flamenco Project

One of the Bailando Projects associated with UC Berkeley's Group for User Interface Research, the Flamenco Project posits that, "The rapidly expanding size and complexity of information collections necessitates new interfaces for exploring, searching, and understanding their contents. The Flamenco project investigates how to effectively incorporate large, faceted category hierarchies into information access user interfaces. " More about Flamenco...

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  June 21, 2002  

Search Engine Showdown

According to librarian Péter Jacsó on the Thompson-Gale website, "There are many people who post news about Web search engine features. There are a few who do it well, but this is the only completely free source that provides very comprehensive and competitive facts and analyses of search engine features." I'd have to agree. See the showdown...

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  June 15, 2002  

Tabular and Textual Methods for Selecting Objects from a Group

""The accurate formulation of boolean expressions is a notorious problem in programming languages and database query tools. This paper studies the ways that untrained users naturally express and interpret queries, revealing some of the underlying reasons why this task is so difficult. Among the study's findings are: people interpret the word AND to mean either conjunction or disjunction depending on context, the scope to which they attribute the word NOT depends on whether the subsequent operator is AND or OR, and they often ignore parenthesis. Therefore, relying on these words and symbols for query formulation will result in poor usability. A tabular query form is proposed that avoids the need to name the operators, provides a clear distinction between conjunction and disjunction, and makes grouping more explicit. Comparing the tabular language with textual boolean expressions, the study finds that untrained users perform better when they express their queries in the tabular language, and about equally well when interpreting queries written in either language. We conclude that systems may benefit by adopting a tabular notation for query formulation." From the abstract to J.F. Pane and B.A. Myers, "Tabular and Textual Methods for Selecting Objects from a Group," Proceedings of VL 2000: IEEE International Symposium on Visual Languages, Seattle, WA: IEEE Computer Society, September 10-13 2000, pp. 157-164. Read the article...

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