Monday, June 25, 2007 2:47 PM
On Sunday morning I had the pleasure of attending my colleague Ben Bunnell's session at ALA: Google Presents: New Developments. He talked about the addition of metadata records to Book Search results and other new features and updates for tools like News Archive Search and Google Patent Search. But he was especially excited to talk about Google Custom Search Engine (CSE), which makes it easy for anyone to create their own customized search engine. It turns out the CSE team just released a bit of code to make it even easier.
Let's say you've created a customized library website where you've spent years (literally) compiling links to specific resources that are useful to your community. To take advantage of your knowledge and expertise -- your "filter" for the web -- people regularly search your site and click on the useful links. Now imagine offering your fellow librarians or patrons a custom search engine built from the resources you've painstakingly collected -- without having to build it manually, URL by URL.
That's what the Custom Search team's new 'on the fly' feature lets you do. You no longer have to manually indicate which websites you'd like people to be able to search. Instead, you can embed a piece of code in your web page that automatically creates a CSE from the links on the page. And it's automatically updated, so if you add new links to your collection, the content on those websites will also be added to your search engine.
What will your search results look like? Here's an example, courtesy of our Custom Search blog: check out the abundance of Artificial Intelligence-related links on this Berkeley page, then see the results from the query "planning" using a CSE created for that page 'on the fly.'
If you have a website with links to specialized resources you want to share with people, go ahead and give it a try -- and pass the word along!
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