I know a lot of you really like the resources Mary Ellen Bates’ shares. Here are some links from her SLA Annual Conference presentation about searching Web 2.0 stuff, which she calls the new Web. (Yay! I don’t like the term Web 2.0, as you may know.)
- the links at the bottom of Wikipedia articles–selected and reviewed by other people
- Wikiseek searches the links at the bottom of Wikipedia articles
- List of Wikia–Wikia is a project of Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales, both of whom have been/are heavily involved in Wikimedia projects.
- Google Blog Search, which focuses on sources with XML feeds. Keep in mind that not all blogs have XML feeds and that many sources with XML feeds are not blogs. It also does not search tags, which Bates believe is a limitation.
- Askx.com, a different interface for the search engine Ask.com
- Search the Web 2, which does a lot to facilitate searching the long tail
- Yahoo! Podcasts
- Keep in mind that many podcast search tools only index the words associated with the podcasts.
- Podscope and Podzinger do some audio recognition. If the speech recognition technology figures out what the people are saying, you might get lucky.
Data mining and visualization:
- NationMaster, a site overflowing with various statistics
- Authoratory, a way to find experts and authors