Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Reference Extract

Now, I am sure most of you saw this on iLibrarian, but I think it is an amazing idea!!! I'm talking about the Reference Extract project which is attempting to make a search engine as good as Google in finding items but one which weights the results as a librarian would.

A while back, I wrote about an article regarding Human Power Searching. I quoted the author as saying "You cannot persuade people to break their Google habit until your searches are better than Google for most cases (not just the few cases where you specialize)." I think that this is the first effort that has the possibility to succeed in this endeavor. I am really excited to hear more about this project and monitor its progress.