Being a librarian and living in Columbus has some advantages. One of
those is that there are frequent opportunities to talk with researchers from
OCLC. During a recent discussion that began with federated search engines,
and included mentions of projects like http://www.librarything.com/ and
http://redlightgreen.com/ , there was a common thread about the role of
wikis. That led to some side discussion and my discovery of the "swicki."
Many of you may already be well acquainted with swickis.
If not, Swicki's are community powered search engines, tailored to produce
targeted search results for the community. Central to the concept is that a
swicki can be trained. Sites that are useful can be promoted and those not
relevant can be excluded. A "buzz cloud" provides a swarm of words that are
hot in the community. The search results from a swicki are more focused than
a general search engine and they will continue to learn and adapt,
anonymously and automatically, based on the search behavior of the
So, I decided to create the Open Source for Libraries swicki. Check it out:
Head, Information Technology
Prior Health Sciences Library
The Ohio State University
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