Searching the Web: General and scientific information access

S. Lawrence, C. L. Giles

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Abstract

The World Wide Web has revolutionized the way that people access information, and has opened up new possibilities in areas such as digital libraries, general and scientific information dissemination and retrieval, education, commerce, entertainment, government and health care. There are many avenues for improvement of the Web, for example in the areas of locating and organizing information. Current techniques for access to both general and scientific information on the Web provide much room for improvement, search engines do not provide comprehensive indices of the Web and have difficulty in accurately ranking the relevance of results. Scientific information on the Web is very disorganized. We discuss the effectiveness of Web search engines, including results that show that the major Web search engines cover only a fraction of the "publicly indexable Web". Current research into improved searching of the Web is discussed, including new techniques for ranking the relevance of results, and new techniques in metasearch that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Web search. The creation of digital libraries incorporating autonomous citation indexing is discussed for improved access to scientific information on the Web.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication1st IEEE/POPOV Workshop on Internet Technologies and Services, INTS 1999 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages18-31
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)0780359852, 9780780359857
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Event1st IEEE/POPOV Workshop on Internet Technologies and Services, INTS 1999 - Moscow, Russian Federation
Duration: Oct 25 1999Oct 28 1999

Publication series

Name1st IEEE/POPOV Workshop on Internet Technologies and Services, INTS 1999 - Proceedings

Other

Other1st IEEE/POPOV Workshop on Internet Technologies and Services, INTS 1999
CountryRussian Federation
CityMoscow
Period10/25/9910/28/99

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Lawrence, S., & Giles, C. L. (1999). Searching the Web: General and scientific information access. In 1st IEEE/POPOV Workshop on Internet Technologies and Services, INTS 1999 - Proceedings (pp. 18-31). [874002] (1st IEEE/POPOV Workshop on Internet Technologies and Services, INTS 1999 - Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/INTS.1999.874002