This website tends to address the skills needed by skilled internet users but if you are new to thinking your way through a search, here are some introductory documents:
Instead, I'd like to look for opportunities to talk at tech festivals. That would be fun - and impactful. If you have a lead to such an event, please do tell.
I am also interested in volunteered translation assistance for recently and soon-to-be released material, as happened with the FAQ years ago.
Many of the TECHNIQUES we use today to reach beyond search engines, many techniques you will soon find invaluable, first emerged here. Techniques like using Google's hidden field search to reveal context or using the link field search to reveal link companions. Try your hand at these few:
Understanding QUALITY is also critical to searching the internet - and thankfully, the internet is the most quality transparent medium we have. Here are some older, general thoughts that led to their development.
We must also consider CHOREOGRAPHY. Something of the internet and the way we search pushes us towards mediocre, general information. Yet brilliant resources fill the internet. The best information demands not only skill and technique but also a willingness to demand more of the internet - a willingness to ask challenging, comprehensive questions.
Part of this is simply anticipatinginformation and asking the right questions. It also involves attending to the evolution of our search question, search tool bias and where our questions lead us. Keep in mind:
Creative synthesis is faster than invention but demands serious information skills. Instead of searching for information, we may be searching for a footpath.
How we ask our questions also depends on the medium. We ask different sorts of questions on the internet.
|Lastly, look to the ENVIRONMENT. The more we understand, the more we will realize how and why information flows as it does. With this understanding grows our opportunities to bend the internet to our wishes. For example, learning to search, we also learn how to be found.|
Serendipity and an old White Paper on Internet Promotion
This site emerges from years of work, years of conversation and from many specific studies into the organization of the internet - studies like David's early census now sitting in an archive.
I publish the occasional significant article like Evolution of Internet Research: Shifting Allegiances, a cover article for ONLINE.
Even before the arrival of the web,I taught Internet seminars from the State Library of Western Australia.
From '97, I wrote the Information Research FAQ, the first internet document to take a serious look at internet search technique. It was enormously famous at the time - and I'm still fond of it.
Between '97 and 2000, I prepared 20 separate articles listing resources and an idealized search approach for formats like books, periodicals and patents, each listing internet, library and commercial resources and each thick with embedded forms.
I create or adapte various search tools like the Unified Search Plus.
And I presented several series of seminars to the librarian community between '98 and 2008 in places like Wellington and Canberra.
You can see I have been at this a very long time.Iam an old information researcher who crossed over, very early, to focus on internet search skills. A graduate in Sociology, in one sense, I have spent the last ten years studying the sociology of internet information. I remain unattached to a library or university though I owe a great debt of thanks to the many libraries who share their resources with me.