Technical Level: Moderately Technical, but not past the ken of most
Search engines help you find stuff, and customized search engines configured with your collections in mind are great tools for helping your audience and directing its attention toward important things on your web site. This presentation will discuss the architecture of search engines, and various means of using and configuring them so as to enhance the usability of your site. The SWISH-E open-source search engine will be used as the main source of illustrations, though most if not all of the techniques that will be discussed can be carried out in most popular software, and the discussion of indexing capabilities and search techniques will be sufficiently generic as to apply to most who are running their own engines. Moderately technical, but not past the ken of most.
Here is the FreeMind map that goes with this presentation. You can get the appropriate software to read it at http://freemind.sourceforge.net/
The file is here: CALI search engine presentation.mm
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