Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Information Retrieval

The new issue of First Monday has the article After the Dot-Bomb: Getting Web Information Retrieval Right This Time by Marcia J. Bates.

In the excitement of the "dot-com" rush of the 1990's, many Web sites were developed that provided information retrieval capabilities poorly or sub-optimally. Suggestions are made for improvements in the design of Web information retrieval in seven areas. Classifications, ontologies, indexing vocabularies, statistical properties of databases (including the Bradford Distribution), and staff indexing support systems are all discussed.

This author suggests hiring information professionals. Maybe this idea is catching on.