August 19, 2004
Faceted Search in the New York Times
Article in the New York Times today (Making a Web Search Feel Like a Stroll in the Library) mentions Flamenco, and other technology for recreating the benefits of analog behaviors in digital collections.
However convenient it may be to search the Web from home or a dorm room, the Internet cannot replace many of the built-in benefits of the library, like browsing the stacks for related information that could add spark and depth to an essay or a report.
I hope faceted search becomes much more prevalent, and I’m sure there are some great creative applications out there to be found.
——- Update: August 21, 2004
I was researching stress fractures on MEDLINE the yesterday and I was thinking what a great project it would be to add faceted search technology to the MEDLINE or PubMed collections. Rather than getting simply a list of results matching my terms (stress fracture), a faceted search system would group the matches, allowing me to further narrow down the results by body part, publication date, etc., meanwhile showing me the number of results in each group allowing me to zero in on the best information for my needs.
I also wanted to mention Endeca as an example of a commercial version of this technology. They have a list of customer’s sites where you can see the technology in action.