Web-based information resources

This is the home page for BIT330, “Web-based information resources”, taught by Scott Moore at the Ross School of Business in Fall (September—December) 2009. This site has all the information you will need for this class, including assignments and the schedule. I'm not using a forum this year for posting questions — I encourage you to use twitter or email to contact me or (heaven forbid!) talk with me during office hours.

If you're wondering why you might want to take this class, then you should watch this video.

Here is a page that lists the best search tools for business students that we discussed and explored in Fall 2008.

Topics discussed

Tools of interest

Page tags

123people 2008 aerospace airline alerts alexa alltop altavista alternative analysis announcements apple archive ask assignment assignments attendance background banking bilen birthday biznar blog bloglines blogroll blogs blogs.com bnet bookmarking books browser calendar chat citeulike class clocks compfight country creativity custom customsearch dan dapper data deepweb delicious description dictionaries digg directory disney driving editors education email emailalerts entrepreneur eurekster exalead exam exercises expedia experiment extensions eyealike facebook facesaerch family faq feed43 feedrinse feeds filters finalexam flickr free furl glossaries gmail goals google googlereader googletransit googletrends groups health holidays honorcode igoogle image imageafter industries industry infrastructure internet interview interviewing introduction investment invisibleweb istockphoto jamesoo kayak keywords lexisnexis lists local mac mapquest maps metasearch michigan microsoft mortgage motivation movies music myyahoo name networking news newspaper newssift notes obituary oil orbitz pagemonitors password people picitup picsearch pipes pixar pixolu podcasts politics productivity project questions reader readings realestate realtime reddit resources roost rss saas scirus search searchio sectors semcog seo shared shopping sightseeing silobreaker slashdot social software special sporcle startup status stumbleupon sunlightmap supercomputers surfity syllabus t1 tagbased tags template thanksgiving tineye tmobile transportation travel travelocity turbo10 twitter usenet video videos videosurf watchthatpage wave web websearch website wiki wikimapia wikipedia windows wolfram worldmapper yahoo zillow

Announcements (show all)

These are the five most recent announcements. The rest are on the show all page.

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29 Dec 2009 15:03 Project Summary 2009
I will be posting your course grades sometime late Thursday. I have finished recording your assignment grades on the Web site.
24 Dec 2009 17:18 Course Grade 2009
Here are some instructions if you have questions about any grades from this semester.
24 Dec 2009 16:08 Participation Grades 2009
Much of what we did in this course revolved around work that we did during class time. This is where we generated new information so that we could learn about these evolving Internet tools. These three grades had three components:
07 Dec 2009 15:40 Search Engine Analysis Assignment Information
In this post I provide some feedback based on my grading of this assignment.
07 Dec 2009 15:31 Test Results
Here's information about the test results.

Blog entries (show all)

These are the 5 most recent blog entries. The rest are on the show all page.

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02 Mar 2015 20:05 Introducing josh bostwick (by joshuaaajoshuaaa)
29 Dec 2009 15:06 When I Teach This In 2010 (by samooresamoore)
This page is going to contain my (periodically) updated thoughts about what to do in the next version of this course.
24 Dec 2009 22:11 UberVu (by oish330oish330)
While playing around after our class on real time information, I discovered the search engine uberVu that tracks real time conversation trends on the internet. UberVu will follow a conversation over multiple websites; for example, if you search for "BMW" uberVu will search for blog post comments, Twitter feeds, YouTube comments, and whatever else it can find to track what people are commenting about BMW recently. The other nice feature on this site is that it outputs a graph like the one below showing the trend by date and the sites it originated on. The idea is that you can track the evolution of the online conversation about your search topic.
24 Dec 2009 22:10 RSS Aggregators (by oish330oish330)
One of my biggest complaints with RSS aggregators on the web (Google, Bloglines) is their interfaces. Although both of the aforementioned readers are very capable, I can never seem to convince myself to type in that URL everyday for my news updates. I would rather browse through the web pages of a handful of news sites. Maybe I am just biased or maybe I have not given the web based RSS aggregators a fair shot at winning my heart. Either way, what I do know is that I see the potential value in using RSS to check up on my favorite websites, news, and blogs in a single location (I tend to be obsessed with making everything in my life more efficient). For this reason, I decided to explore two mac RSS aggregator software-based options: Mac Mail (standard with Mac OS) and NetNewsWire (free download at NewsGator). Below you will find my comments:
24 Dec 2009 22:06 People Search is Scary (by oish330oish330)
After our class on People Search, I thought it would be interesting to see what I could dig up about myself using a handful of the tools we talked about. I realize that it will probably be easy to find my phone number since it is publicly listed as well as listed under my company Elemental Brothers DJ. Let's see what happens..
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