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Oasis: An integrated worldwide search for OER

Meet OASIS. The goal of the Openly Available Sources Integrated Search is to facilitate the discovery of OER. Co-developed at SUNY Geneseo by Ben Rawlins, director of Milne Library, and Bill Jones, digital resources and systems librarian, in consultation with SUNY OER Services Executive Director Alexis Clifton, OASIS currently searches open content from 61 different sources and points to more than 160,000 records, The […]

Picular: Google, but for color

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Pick a color, literally any color. Search engines come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Now there’s one for those of us who are lovers (or seekers) of color. Simple and elegant and particularly speedy, Picular returns results in swatches. a palette of colors associated with your search terms. Select one of the swatches and you immediately copy […]

Google launches Dataset Search

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This week Google announced the launch of its new Dataset Search. In her Making it easier to discover datasets post, Research Scientist Natasha Noy, shared: In today’s world, scientists in many disciplines and a growing number of journalists live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions […]

Open Library gets even more open

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Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published.  This wiki approach to a catalog encourages new information as well as corrections from the user community. Recent enhancements allow for even more openness. […]

On practicing safe search: fine tuning, privacy-friendly searches, and learning more

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As librarians, we need to be concerned about privacy. ALA’s Policy Statement on Privacy reminds us Libraries, librarians, and library workers have an ethical obligation, expressed in the ALA Code of Ethics, to preserve users’ right to privacy and prevent any unauthorized use or disclosure of users’ personally identifiable information or the data associated with their […]

SweetSearch: an update and three tools for your kids’ utility belts

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I’ve been a longtime fan of findingDulcinea, a carefully curated portal for educators that I reviewed years ago. SweetSearch, its searchier sister site, is an excellent example of the power of a Google custom search engine to create a noise-free, focused search for children. Launched in 2009, SweetSearch leverages a Google CSE to search the websites included in findingDulcinea’s pathfinders […]

Google’s new Talk to Books: Semantic search for book and idea discovery

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I am truly excited about sharing this new approach to search!  Imagine if you had the power to ask authors across time and disciplines your most burning questions or for their best advice.  Now you can. This week TED curator Chris Anderson and futurist Ray Kurzweil introduced Talk to Books. The feature was developed by a Google Research team […]

Google: On knowing where to start

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We all search Google. But I am not sure if we’re always sure of the most effective place to begin our Google searches.  The basic and familiar search box may not be the only one and it may not be the smartest place to begin. Among the Google options are Books, Images, News, Newspapers and […]

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start

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I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved verb status, we have other choices well worth discovering. And it’s kinda in our ballpark to ensure that appropriate choices are easily available on both […]