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From Ian Holsman <>
Subject [OT] New Book: Search User Interfaces
Date Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:30:58 GMT
not directly related to SOLR I know.. but I think most people would find 
it interesting.

from the preface:

Search is an integral part of peoples' online lives; people turn to 
search engines for help with a wide range of needs and desires, from 
satisfying idle curiousity to finding life-saving health remedies, from 
learning about medieval art history to finding video game solutions and 
pop music lyrics. Web search engines are now the second most frequently 
used online computer application, after email. Not long ago, most 
software applications did not contain a search module. Today, search is 
fully integrated into operating systems and is viewed as an essential 
part of most information systems.

Many books on information retrieval describe the algorithms behind 
search engines and information retrieval systems. By contrast, this book 
focuses on the human users of search systems and the tool they use to 
interact with them: the search user interface. Because of their global 
reach, search user interfaces must be understandable by and appealing to 
a wide variety of people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds, and for 
an enormous variety of information needs.

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