Tara Calishain, creator of Research Buzz, announced her iteration of a Google Search Engine designed to search the web sites of the 50 United States. Tara must’ve spent some time, energy, and expertise, because it works like a charm. Her Custom Search Engine is another example of an end-user building a utility to help others navigate the Web infrastructure.
I covered this extensively in chapter 11 of my book UContent (2012) — check out my Custom Search Engine chapter links here.
A couple of days ago the Google Custom Search blog announced that autocompletion of search queries could now be enabled by the search creator — a very interesting and snazzy little addition. I’ve got to go back and add something about this to the Google Custom Search chapter. See Google’s announcement here. See a quicky implementation of it here (begin by typing any letter to see the autocompletion).
I will enter a more informative post tomorrow.
Besides interacting with people who have questions, I think the aspect of librarianship that I enjoy the most is searching databases (and Web searching). I came upon a few custom search engine resources in Phil Bradley’s book that I have been experimenting with. And I believe that CSEs fall into the realm of user generated content (which I just discovered today is synonymous with “peer production”).
You can see my CSE page here.