George C. Dimitriou

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International Agreement on Global Science Online Gateway.

June 17, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced last week the establishment of a multilateral alliance to govern the rapidly growing online gateway to international scientific research information-WorldWideScience.org. Officials from organizations representing 38 countries formalized their commitment on the 12th of June in Seoul, Korea, by signing a WorldWideScience Alliance agreement to sustain and build upon joint efforts to provide a single, sophisticated point of access for diverse scientific resources and expertise from nations around the world.

When WorldWideScience.org was first made publicly available in June 2007, it was capable of searching 12 databases from 10 countries. Today, the web site enables anyone with Internet access to launch a single-query search of 32 national scientific databases and portals from 44 countries, covering six continents and nearly half of the world’s population.

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Google: Fresher Related Search Suggestions.

June 17, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

When you search on Google, you’re offered “related” search suggestions to help you find what you’re looking for more quickly. Google has recently improved search algorithms to process new information faster, and the result is quite tangible — you should now see fresher suggestions for queries on current topics of interest. For e.g. if you search for iphone, you should see related queries around the brand new 3G iPhone announced earlier last week.

Google Prototype: PageRank for Product Image Search.

April 28, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

“Google researchers say they have a software technology intended to do for digital images on the Web what the company’s original PageRank software did for searches of Web pages.

On Thursday at the International World Wide Web Conference in Beijing, two Google scientists presented a paper describing what the researchers call VisualRank, an algorithm for blending image-recognition software methods with techniques for weighting and ranking images that look most similar.

Although image search has become popular on commercial search engines, results are usually generated today by using cues from the text that is associated with each image.

Despite decades of effort, image analysis remains a largely unsolved problem in computer science, the researchers said. For example, while progress has been made in automatic face detection in images, finding other objects such as mountains or tea pots, which are instantly recognizable to humans, has lagged.

Google Image Search

The Research paper “Pagerank for Product Image Search” is focused on a subset of the images that the giant search engine has cataloged because of the tremendous computing costs required to analyze and compare digital images. To do this for all of the images indexed by the search engine would be impractical, the researchers said. Google does not disclose how many images it has cataloged, but it asserts that its Google Image Search is the “most comprehensive image search on the Web”.

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Web search tips and tricks.

April 20, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

New Tips and Tricks about Web searching from Inbar YasurHIPUSIT.

I found them very useful.

Web searchers click behavior.

April 15, 2008 By: George Category: Digital World, Search No Comments →

A new study about the click behavior of web searchers has been released this month from iProspect.

The study shows that searchers click specialized content within general search results more than they do within the results of specialized searches.