Friday, February 13, 2009

Heck with Hal (Repplinger Blog)

Dale Vidmar presented on Google's Custom Search Engine (CSE). A Google Account is required before setting up a Google CSE. Reasons to use a CSE: Focuses on specific sites, specific info, quality of info can be maintained, and a search box can be placed within hard to search sites. You can drop it onto any web page.
(PowerPoint available online: http://www.sou.edu/~vidmar/onlinenw2009/vidmar.ppt)

There are nine steps to getting started:
1. Setup a Google account (if you don't have one already) and login
2. Go to your account & click on more options at bottom of page.
3. Click on Custom Search.
4. Select the sites & urls you want.
5. Create URL pattern to search (truncate url with * such as oregon.gov/*).
6. List what you want to search (only web sites or all Internet).
7. Go through the terms of service.
8. Create your CSE & make it either public or private.
9. Test it & modify your search.
(Tips: Keep your search simple & url trunk short).

Questions from audience about this program:
Are there ways to determine bad links?
Answer: Not known, but probably not

Can you use CSE with your library databases?
Answer: No because it would have do deal with local codes & technology that doesn't work with Google.

How much does the custom search cost for professional businesses?
Answer: Varies from business, contact Google?

How do you push it to students?
Anwser: Individually gives url to people or a handout or post it online on subject guides.

Idea: Create links for tax time. State taxing agency.
Answer: If you create a tax search function, make it available to the general public.

Can you direct people to deep web sites (places Google can't go)?
Answer: Some of the Deep Web that Google counted as lost a few years ago included Word Docs, PowerPoint Docs, etc. Google can now search these, so the Deep Web isn't as deep as once was.

How about GIS documents?

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