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challenge and change. discovering the treasures of the hidden web Maureen Henninger. cyber somewhere. A known needle in a known haystack A known needle in an unknown haystack An unknown needle in an unknown haystack Any needle in a haystack The sharpest needle in a haystack

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challenge and change

challenge and change

discovering the treasures of the hidden web

Maureen Henninger

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

cyber somewhere
cyber somewhere

A known needle in a known haystack

A known needle in an unknown haystack

An unknown needle in an unknown haystack

Any needle in a haystack

The sharpest needle in a haystack

Most of the sharpest needles in a haystack

All the needles in a haystack

Affirmation of no needles in the haystack

Things like needles in any haystack

Let me know whenever a new needle shows up

Where are the haystacks?

Needles, haystacks – whatever

Matthew Koll, 1999

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

do you google
do you google?
  • claims to index 4.2 billion documents
  • finding the one I want, not the one Google thinks I want
  • what about the other 545 billion in the haystack?
  • which are the valuable, authoritative needles?
  • are there other options?

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

what are the tools some examples
what are the tools – some examples
  • search engines
    • Exalead,Google, Live Search, Yahoo
  • directories
    • Bubl, Infomine, AcademicInfo, GEM
  • specialised search engines
    • regional, subject-based, media-based
  • databases
    • Ingenta Connect, ERIC, UIS Education[UNESCO statistics]
  • gateways
    • ELDIS[development information], EDNA, ThinkFinity
  • digital libraries
    • National Science Digital Library, Visual Arts
  • web 2.0 conversational spaces
    • ResearchBuzz, Education.au

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

searching with search engines
searching with search engines
  • use them for searching not browsing
  • be specific
    • several keywords, phrases
    • use specialised search engines
  • use sophisticated techniques
    • use phrases “climate change”
    • request keywords in title
    • documents from specific domains, e.g. edu, gov
    • for reports request pdf files – filetype:pdf

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

an information challenge
an information challenge

you have been asked to be part of a team to put together a resource unit for the spread of Buddhism in Asia. Some of the aspects which need to be explored are history, geography and art

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

general search
general search

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

value of wikipedia

where to start – berrypicking

    • external references
value of Wikipedia
  • NOT as an authoritative source

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

digital libraries
digital libraries

systems that make digital collections come alive, make them usefully accessible, that make them useful for accomplishing tasks and that connect them with communities

Cliff Lynch, 2002

  • finding digital libraries
    • directories e.g. Infomine, Intute, BUBL, WWW Virtual library

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

lesson plans
lesson plans
  • ThinkFinity
  • GEM

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

journal and research articles
journal and research articles
  • databases
    • over 14,000 publicly available
    • contain scholarly/or authoritative material
  • finding them
    • use directories e.g. AcademicInfo, Infomine

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

videos
videos
  • specialised search engines
    • Blinkx, Google Videos

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

online exhibitions
online exhibitions

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

follow up research
follow-up research
  • Buddhism in Australia
    • statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics

    • images
      • Picture Australia

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

finding statistics
finding statistics

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008

questions
questions?

Maureen Henninger - SLAV Conference March 3, 2008