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Online Information 2009 – A success

The themes of Online 2009 were focused around the coming together of the pragmatic semantic web and the social web to create an online world with unparalleled opportunities for the library and information professions. 

 Judging from the feedback from many delegates, the conference structure and content worked well and there are many heads brimming full of ideas travelling back to the workplace tomorrow – hopefully to translate ideas into action.

Having retired from the Chairmanship today, I’d like to place on record my thanks to Lorna Candy the conference organiser and to the conference committee for their inspiration and support in devising the programme.  I know that my successor Steve Dale will find their continued support the key to success with Online 2010.

JIS 35(3) Published

The June 2009 issue of the Journal of Information Science has been published.   I confess I had never heard of Peircean semiotics until this article from Huang was submitted: “Social tagging, online communication, and Peircean semiotics: a conceptual framework

JIS 35(2) Published

The April 2009 issue of the Journal of Information Science has been published.  A fascinating article by David Bawden and Lyn Robinson discusses the “The dark side of information: overload, anxiety and other paradoxes and pathologies” and the new challenges posed by Web 2.0 – loss of identity, shallow novelty and the impermenance of information.

JIS 35(1) Published

The February 2009 issue of the Journal of Information Science has been published.  An article by Nadine Hochstotter and Martina Koch Standard parameters for searching behaviour in search engines and their empirical evaluation introduces the concept of search “evergreens”.  Through an extended longitudinal study they showed that some search patterns in four major engines have stayed stable over a long period.

JIS 34(6) Published

The December 2008 issue of the Journal of Information Science has been published. An article by Dirk Lewandowski A three-year study on the freshness of web search engine databases has looked at the update frequency of the major web search engines:

The purpose is to analyse the update strategies of the major web search engines Google, Yahoo, and MSN/ We conducted a test of the updates of 40 daily updated pages and 30 irregularly updated pages. We used data from a time span of six weeks in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007. We found that the best search engine in terms of up-to-dateness changes over the years and that none of the engines has an ideal solution for index freshness. Indexing patterns are often irregular, and there seems to be no clear policy regarding when to revisit Web pages. A major problem identified in our research is the delay in making crawled pages available for searching, which differs from one engine to another.