Thursday, February 03, 2005

Context is No Con

Finally! Human information behavior is vogue. All the work that Belkin, Todd, Wilson, and Dervin did has finally made an impact on the world of searching. Implications are that students in library school are learning relevant skills, and will actually be able to transfer those skills to the workplace. Google and Yahoo! and MSN, too, are in need of matching users to answers and coming up with more relevance in their searches. Here, read the headlines for yourself. Yahoo! launches 'contextual' search Let's hope I learn to use RSS technology soon, so I can feed my readers some really relevant info I come across in my everyday life. The key to context is relationships, and although human relationships are by far the most difficult, they are also the most sublime. Hypertext has come a long way in making new relevancies and new meanings. The new search engines represent a true step forward in moving theory off the pages of our texts and into our query boxes. When our search engines can actually come up with answers to questions that we ourselves barely state in an adequate way, then our dreams and accomplishments in human information behavior measure high on the scale.

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