Saturday, July 19, 2003

Are you out there searching for IT?
Search engines are increasingly becoming the vital link to connecting individuals to the web. Are search engines as comprehensive as everyone needs them to be?

“As above so below”

As the web finds itself evolving, it is likely to recognize that the Internet is becoming a microcosm, as expansive as the universe surrounding us.

In order to navigate through it in real time search engine development becomes vital to the IT development processes.

The most interesting aspect of the Search engine is the fact this it is readily an area of fascination and required connection to the developer as well as the novice netizen (term for individuals not necessarily experienced with using the web).

The reasons being developers still need to create the proper standard for search engine optimization and individuals are complete dependent on search engines as a tool for locating areas of greatest interest.

This is an extremely complex area for all of its ability to engage freethinking as well as properly display real time business initiatives.

Searching for some bit of information is in itself an adventure not for the faint hearted. Anyone search term from major search engines will in fact produce 10’s to 100’s of thousand search results.

The question then becomes now that I know this one topic has so many definitions how do I stay focus on my one initial reason for searching. The answer is, at this point it is almost impossible. Having this wealth of information available upon demand at one’s fingertips will definitely overwhelm. IT is suppose to until of course the question in the mind becomes clearer and more focused then enabling the answer to become one in the same.

The one thing I can say on the side of the developer as “progress” is the fact that more and more Meta data is becoming a key factor. Wanting access to reference material and wanting to utilize specific key words or questions is efficiently acknowledging the step by step process. Much like the relevancy of breaking down words into syllables. Certain information requests must be likewise broken down in order to properly locate it on the web.

The key is making this information known and easy to obtain. For the researcher this means many different things. The researcher knows that mining for data involves as series of events and time in order best acquire and scientifically extract information piece by piece. What is available online is still know match for the massive amounts of information available off line. At this point, online research is still an enhancement tool. This will change in the future as researching itself will branch off to accommodate on and off line information seeking parallels. Demand then supply is the definitive slogan in this instance.

My thoughts before we get technical. Some key things to consider in reasons to explore in depth the evolutionary history of search engines:

1. Government funding goals and realizations
2. Engineering capabilities
3. XML – as an extension of Boolean relevancy
4. Open Source Database requirements
5. eBusiness promotion and location
6. Website promotion and location
7. The burdens of SPAM to compensate for inefficient search results and placements
8. Individual interest and usage percentages will increase with greater search engine efficiency
9. Consumer burdens
10. Information finding
11. Legal clarity
12. Time consumption
13. International accessibility
14. Real time efficiency
15. Search engine ecosystems ~ acquisitions, by outs, revenue generating restraints and misplacement, and domination.
16. Getting caught in the Matrix
17. Going it on your own
18. Meta Data realities
19. Synonymous term linking/correspondence
20. Syndication
21. Aggregation
22. Web service interaction and integration
23. Community Participation
24. AI (artificial intelligence)
25. Analytics (algorithms)
26. Fees
27. Knowledge Management (KM)
28. Intranet applications
29. Resource availability
30. Bandwidth
31. Data storage
32. Data security
33. Personal publishing and data collections
34. Sub-categorization
35. Falling through the cracks
36. Economic considerations and consequences

As you can see it may take all the king’s horses and all the kings’ men to put the Internet back together again.

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