The fascinating and at times frustrating Web function known as search is explained and explored in the latest book by SI alumnus and former faculty member Peter Morville (MILS ’93). Released Friday, Jan. 15 by O’Reilly Media, Inc., Search Patterns is a provocative but practical guide designed to help make search better today across multiple categories, including web, E-commerce, enterprise, desktop, mobile, and social search and discovery.
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John L. King, SI professor and U-M vice provost for academic information, is quoted in an article in the February 20 Chronicle of Higher Education on the move by many universities to bring in commercial vendors — particularly Google — to help them make huge sets of Web-based documents accessible, sets that are growing exponentially in size.
Increasingly, much of a university’s institutional memory is captured in Web-based formats. Google and a limited number of specialized vendors sell servers and tools universities can use to search this content. King notes that Google has little real competition in this field within the higher education market: “It’s a very specialized business,” he says. “It’s a low-energy-cost path if you don’t want to do it yourself, and I’m not sure many universities are trying to out-Google Google.”