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.
Tools of interest
- General — Google, Yahoo
- Blog — GBlog
- News — GNews, SiloBreaker, NewsSift
- Academic — GScholar, Scirus, GBooks, Biznar
- Alerts — GAlerts, WatchThatPage, FeedRinse, Yahoo Pipes, Dapper
- Custom Search — GCustom Search Engine
- Images — GImages, Compfight (for flickr), Exalead Images
- Analysis — GTrends, Alexa
- Video — Bing Videos, YouTube, Hulu, GVideo, VideoSurf
- Metasearch — Info, Kosmix, Search!O
- Social — Digg (news), Delicious (bookmarking)
- People — WhitePages, Pipl
Announcements (show all)
These are the five most recent announcements. The rest are on the show all page.
|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.
|23 Dec 2009 02:54||Google Facelift? (by dbao)|
|Google is constantly tweaking and updating itself to continually improve the search experience for users. I recently discovered that Google plans to implement a new and improved user interface in this article and set out to try it for myself. Although this upgrade, named Caffeine, will not be publicly available for everyone until January, it has been released for a limited number of users. However, some people have found a way for everyone to try it and I'm sharing the love. Instructions are at the bottom of this post for those interested in checking out Google's new UI. According to Google developers, the main improvements of Caffeine will be improved speed in searching and indexing the web to compete with efforts from Bing and Yahoo Search to overtake Google's dominant position in the search industry.|
|23 Dec 2009 02:51||Milo Shopping (by dbao)|
|As you may have noticed in my blogs and project analysis, a huge part of why I use the Internet is to help in one of my FAVORITE pastimes - shopping. A news article that recently caught my idea has to do with search tools that can help you with shopping the traditional way (in stores), as opposed to through online web browsing. Milo has made news, as seen in the article here because of the large amount of venture capital that it has attracted recently.|
|23 Dec 2009 02:48||Bing Cashback (by dbao)|
|As we are all learning in BIT330, search engines aren't only useful for finding out how many ounces are in a quart, or what the weather is outside. There are a millions of different ways that search engines can make your life easier, and almost as many different search engines to choose from. Bing's Cashback Program gives search engines yet another use - one that I certainly haven't seen before - the ability to make you money.|
|23 Dec 2009 02:47||Jamesoo Search Engine (by dbao)|
|The main page of Jamesoo proudly advertises that you will "find what you'll never expect." I was a little unsure of whether or not that would be a good thing. Often, I end up search engines because I am looking for a particular answer to a question. Jamesoo introduces a novel presentation of online news search, but the quality needs to be improved to match the superficial features|
|23 Dec 2009 01:57||Silobreaker Experiment (by kfreels)|
|In this blog post, I'll be examining how Silobreaker, a news analysis tool, works. Since I finally picked my term project topic (fast food industry - hooray!), I'll be delving into all kinds of fast food industry news.|