Want to share and publish your own web search knowledge? Sign up to help with the Searchers' Swiki, a collaborative web site that hopes to become an extensive knowledge base for searchers.
I hear many of you asking, "What the heck is a swiki?" It's simply a set of tools that makes it easy for anyone to set up and maintain a collaborative web site. Swikis are like group weblogs, since they make it easy for anyone without technical knowledge to publish to the web.
They're also somewhat like newsgroups, in that anyone can participate. Perhaps the most notable feature of swiki's is that pages are automatically created and linked to each other.
Author David Mattison has set up the Searchers' Swiki as a knowledge base intended for experimental and demonstration purposes for an article he's writing for Searcher Magazine.
"I set up a swiki called Searchers Swiki where I hope folks will drop by and help make a Web site about the Internet searching experience," he writes.
"Based on what I've been reading and hearing from some of the IP (information professional) community, collaboration-enabled Web-based content management system (WCMS) development and use is accelerating (likely a fallout of 9/11) within the open source and commercial sectors, and that wiki technology has some role in this area.
"There are already some terrific open source collaborative WCMS products available -- I've listed many in the Searchers' Swiki -- and some open source Web application server prouducts of the horizon, binarycloud being the one to watch," says Mattison.
Since it's a relatively new site, there's not a lot of content yet, but that will change with your help. It remains to be seen whether the Searchers' Swiki turns into a valuable resource for searchers. In the mean time, however, it's a good way to showcase and share some of your own searching knowledge -- and see for yourself what swikis are all about.
The Searchers' Swiki
The Searchers' Swiki allows information professionals to collaborate on the searching experience. Unlike newsgroups, this information can be indexed and linked for quick access.
About the Searchers' Swiki
More information about the Searchers' Swiki, and swikis in general.
The Searchers' Swiki - Alternate Site
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Public Swiki List
A global registry of public Swikis.
Search Engine Forums Spotlight
Why cloaking is always a bad idea
"Hopefully, we can get everyone to agree on the definition of cloaking...what it is and what it isn't."
The I-Search Discussion List
"Going by sheer reach, it looks like we should give the nod to Overture with Google a close second.... Internationally, it's a different story..."
Google sure is sticking it to us
"Making a wrongful assumption is wasting time you should be spending on identifying what did go wrong."
The I-Search Discussion List
"Most people that commission a web site do not understand that building it is only half the battle. It takes a lot of tedious hand work to market a web site."
"I have a few domain names and like to keep them at one registrar for ease of management. I then either leave the domain parked until I need it or point it to the server where the site is hosted. Are there any views here on whether 'pointing' has any disadvantages from a search engine point of view?"
Hidden layers = spam, right?
"In my opinion, you have a duty to inform your client of what this other company is doing. Explain to them that although it may never get them banned, it could possibly."
What percent of actual searches does Google have?
"I have seen different (all high) numbers thrown around for the actual percent of the number of searches Google performs versus the other search engines. Does anyone have a current, accurate, referenced percent?"
Webmaster World Forums
"Let's try to dispel a few metadata myths..."
Idea for some sort of DMOZ thesaurus
Open Directory Forums
"Editors often have the same problem in finding the correct category as people who are submitting web sites. Editors use the search function in DMOZ to find the closest relevant category. These hints may help a bit..."
Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.
NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.