Key Word in Context Finder. A Concordance Tool for Online Learning and Research William H. Fletcher United States Naval Academy Paper presented at the annual meeting of EuroCALL, University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, 31 August – 2 September 2000.
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A Concordance Tool for Online Learning and Research
William H. Fletcher
United States Naval Academy
Paper presented at the annual meeting of EuroCALL, University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, 31 August – 2 September 2000.
Increasing information access
has led to information excess
leaving us no time to process the information we do access.
The more information we have,
the less we seem to be able to do with it.
Any intellectual property yet, honey?
Actually I’m hoping that what I grow up to be hasn’t been invented yet.
To learn to distinguish
Sense from Nonsense
The details change, but the principles remain the same.
With so much information at their fingertips, students will attain new levels of insight and synthesis
Random Cut & Paste (with attribution?) replaces original research and creativity
Instant access to authentic materials from around the globe
World Wide Wait + World Wide Haystack = World Wide Frustration
With so many powerful Search Engines it should be easy to find appropriate materials online
Search Engines are designed to optimize the number, not the relevance of hits
A research tool to…
A search produces a Key Word in Context concordance of the documents analyzed
KWiCFinder was motivated by…
KWiCFinder uses the AltaVista search engine
Offers significant enhancements to AltaVista for foreign languages:
AltaVista Wildcards – Implicit
- continuo always matches continuo, continúo, continuó
KWiCFinder offers a “sic” option to block these built-in wildcards when desired
AltaVista Wildcards – Explicit
* (asterisk) matches 0-5 chars; must be preceded by 3 chars minimum
% (percent) matches 0-1 chars
? matches 1 char
KWiCFinder Wildcards – Implicit
- (ich) hab’s matches hab’s and habs
- on-line matches on-line, on line, online
XML report format provides for…
KWiCFinder is only as good as the Search Engine it uses. Spurious hits result because…