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September 25, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Search Engine hakia Asks Librarians to Suggest Credible Websites

Semantic search engine hakia (www.hakia.com) announced an open call to librarians and information professionals to participate in a new program to unlock credible and free web resources to web searchers. Currently, hakia is generating credibility-stamped results for health and medical searches. Now, hakia is aiming to further its coverage to all topics, with the participation of librarians and information professionals.

A popular web source may not always be credible, and a credible web source may not always be popular. hakia says it is the first search engine to channel the collective knowledge of librarians and information professionals to generate credibility-stamped results using semantic technology. Other general search engines rely mostly on the popularity of keywords and webpages. For an example of what a credibility-stamped search looks like on hakia, try a search for: What causes heart disease?

Librarians and information professionals can suggest URLs leading to the most credible websites on a given topic. hakia will process the sites with its proprietary QDEX (Query Detection and Extraction) technology and make them available to web searchers in credibility-stamped search results. Each month hakia will give away thank you prizes, ranging from a book donation to two conference grants, to participants.

To learn more or suggest credible websites, visit http://club.hakia.com/lib.

Source: hakia



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Posted By Book Calendar10/6/2008 3:02:28 PM

Hmm, why don't they pay us for it then. Google pays its quality raters and Yahoo pays its in house Technology Analysts. They are asking to provide lists of peer reviewed websites for free. There has to be a better benefit than a club.
Posted By Book Calendar10/6/2008 12:15:02 PM

This is rather interesting. Google outsourced quality raters which it pays a small amount of salary 14-20 per hour. Yahoo hires web analysts internally to rate their results. It is a 30k plus position in the beginning. It is an internal position. Asking for free sounds fine at first. Lionbridge also pays for raters for popular material. You may find asking people to work for free only goes so far.

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