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From Matt Mitchell <>
Subject Re: [OT] New Book: Search User Interfaces
Date Mon, 29 Jun 2009 04:35:00 GMT
This is great! Thanks for this.


On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 12:30 AM, Ian Holsman <> wrote:

> 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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