Sites sites sites!

Posted on November 26, 2010. Filed under: Web sites | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A selection of sites I have added this month to our Delicious account: is an Australian blog about digital publishing, e-reading, related gadgets and the future of the book

Birds Australia offers loads information and resources on Australian birds.

Bike Map – Penrith ~ Windsor ~ Blue Mountains from the RTA, pdf download of the cycleway map for Penrith, Windsor and the Blue Mountains

RTA cycleway maps Links to pdf downloadable cycleway maps in metropolitan and regional NSW.

blekko Search engine with results tweaked by humans to hopefully reduce links to spam pages: you can tilt your search results in the direction you like by using a category of bias, like ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ Categorisation lists are applied by appending a ‘slashtag.’

NSW Multicultural Health Free downloadable multilingual health information in up to 45 languages

Early exlorers in Australia (eBook) From log-books and journals, this book by Ida Lee was first published in 1925. A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook

Vaughan Evans Digital Library: Australian National Maritime Museum The Vaughan Evans Library is the research library of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Access electronic magazines, books and registers of shipping via their digital library

Friends of Blackheath Pool and Memorial Park The blog of the Friends of Blackheath Pool & Memorial Park

Legal Books Online A selection of up-to-date legal information books available online, page maintained by Find Legal Answers, a service of State Library of NSW. Includes selected chapters from the latest edition of the Law Handbook.

artfiles: Artfiles is the key portal to the world of the arts in Western Sydney. Information on artists, cultural organisations, art funding and education in the region. Includes Blue Mountains information.

climatechange2010.pdf: The Science of Climate Change – Q & A,  from the Australian Academy of Science 2010.

The Naked Scientists Online: Science Podcast and Science Radio Show. The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public

Study Search Australia An Australian customised educational search engine for students with primary and secondary options.


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New Search Engine on the block

Posted on November 4, 2010. Filed under: Web 2.0 + Web 2.1, Web sites | Tags: , |

Blekko is a new search engine that enables you to tweak results to hopefully reduce links to spam pages: you can tilt your search results in the direction you like by using a category of bias, like ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ Categorisation lists are applied by appending a ‘slashtag.’

Try it?

And from their ‘About” section:

slash the web!

blekko is a better way to search the web by using slashtags. slashtags search only the sites you want and cut out the spam sites. use friends, experts, community or your own slashtags to slash in what you want and slash out what you don’t.

web search bill of rights

1. Search shall be open
2. Search results shall involve people
3. Ranking data shall not be kept secret
4. Web data shall be readily available
5. There is no one-size-fits-all for search
6. Advanced search shall be accessible
7. Search engine tools shall be open to all
8. Search & community go hand-in-hand
9. Spam does not belong in search results
10. Privacy of searchers shall not be violated
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Search Engines to Explore the Invisible Web

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , |

Edited version of a article. See the whole article here

The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. To get a more precise idea of the nature of this ‘Dark Continent’ involving the invisible and web search engines, read what Wikipedia has to say about the Deep Web.

How do we get to this mother load of information?

Let’s get to know a few resources which will be our deep diving vessel for the Invisible Web. Some of these are invisible web search engines with specifically indexed information.


Infomine has been built by a pool of libraries in the United States. Infomine ‘mines’ information from databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other resources.

You can search by subject category and further tweak your search using the search options. Infomine is not only a standalone search engine for the Deep Web but also a staging point for a lot of other reference information. Check out its Other Search Tools and General Reference links at the bottom.

The WWW Virtual Library

This is considered to be the oldest catalog on the web and was started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web. So, isn’t it strange that it finds a place in the list of Invisible Web resources? Maybe, but the WWW Virtual Library lists quite a lot of relevant resources on quite a lot of subjects. You can go vertically into the categories or use the search bar.


Intute is UK centric, but it has some of the most esteemed universities of the region providing the resources for study and research. You can browse by subject or do a keyword search for academic topics like agriculture to veterinary medicine. The online service has subject specialists who review and index other websites that cater to the topics for study and research.

Intute also provides free of cost over 60 free online tutorials to learn effective internet research skills. Tutorials are step by step guides and are arranged around specific subjects.

Complete Planet

Complete Planet calls itself the ‘front door to the Deep Web’. This free and well designed directory resource makes it easy to access the mass of dynamic databases that are cloaked from a general purpose search. The databases indexed by Complete Planet number around 70,000 and range from Agriculture to Weather. Also thrown in are databases like Food & Drink and Military.

For a really effective Deep Web search, try out the Advanced Search options where among other things, you can set a date range.

The article also mentions other deep web search engines such as  DeepPeep, IncyWincy, Deep Web Technologies and Scirus (scientific information).

Look at our search engines bookmarks on Delicious.

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Semantic Search Engines

Posted on May 11, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web 2.0 + Web 2.1 | Tags: | have an article on semantic search engines, listing their 7 favourites. Here is an edited version of the article, looking at one of the semantic search engines.

There’s no denying the power and popularity of the Google search engine, and in comparison to other similar search engines such as Bing, where results are based on page rankings and algorithms, they excel.

But there are other ways to search the web, using what are known as semantic search engines. Using a semantic search engine will ensure more relevant results based on the ability to understand the definition of the word or term that is being searched for, rather than on numbers. Semantic search engines are able to understand the context in which the words are being used, resulting in smart, relevant results.

One such search engine is Kngine

Kngine’s search results are divided into either web results, or image results. They are preceded by information about the search term, known as ‘Concepts.’ For example, searching for the iPhone 3GS will be preceded by the device’s specs. Searching for a film will be preceded by information about the film, links to trailers, reviews and quotes. Searching for a city (try Katoomba) will be preceded by information about the city, local attractions, events, weather and hotels.

The other search engines mentioned in the article are: HakiaKosmixDuckDuckGoEvriPowerset and Truevert (where to they get their names from)

If you are interested see the full article here.




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Trove: One stop search

Posted on November 25, 2009. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , |

You may have followed this project and it is now live. The National Library of Australia has launched TROVE: “a new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians” which “supplements what search engines provide with reliable information from Australia’s memory institutions.” If you’re looking for anything related to Australian social sciences, literature, local or family history, Trove is the search tool for you. It searches databases of books, newspapers, images and maps more. Check it out
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Questions, questions, questions

Posted on August 5, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Here’s an interesting article from MSNBC about the kind of questions often both wacky and weird that are posted into search engines and why people tend to use them . . .

“Why won’t he call?” “When will the economy get better?” “Why did she have to die?”

The questions are typical of those you’d hear in a therapist’s office, church confessional or cocktail lounge come midnight. But they’re also typical questions posed to Web search engines, along with “Why does my eyelid twitch?” “Is it bad if you throw up blood?” “Why can’t I own a Canadian?”

The queries — some pedestrian, others puzzling — may sound like the ramblings of a drunk or the natterings of a neurotic. But they’re the questions your friends, family and neighbors are regularly asking of an entity that over the last few years has become part librarian, part therapist and part all-seeing eye.

Read on . . .

(article via LIS News)


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Wolfram Alpha Search Engine

Posted on May 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

This is the address for the new search engine Wolfram Alpha, but whenever I tried lately the page doesn’t seem to load properly.

And here are some articles and blog entries (for and against and in between) on the new search engine:

From the Guardian UK

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Is 42 the answer or is it Wolfram Alpha?

Posted on May 21, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

There is a new type of search engine on the block: Wolfram Alpha. It can do some pretty good tricks. To find out more watch the demonstration (not a You Tube one so you can watch it at any time). The demo runs for about 13 to 14 minutes.

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