The seeks project aims at fostering an alternative view on the state and future of websearch. As such it plays at the crossroad of databases, p2p, collaborative filtering and social networking. Below are listed some resources of interest (websearch, engines, p2p, social net & sharing, important articles).
- Today's dominant websearch scheme is based on the combination of crawling / indexing / searching & advertising. Several websites are tied to this model, and provide information to SEOs (Search Engine Optimizers), marketers and webmasters.
- However, there is a number of alternate search engines, some of which appear below.
A list is of interesting news, tech and scientific articles is maintained by Seeks users and enthusiasts: Press Review
General articles and news
- Cool search engines that are not Google, Wired, June 30th, 2009. - A good article on the state of alternative search engines. Lots of good links in the comment section!
- Popular Mechanics, April 16th 2008. - Some thoughts on why social websearch might have a chance.
- BOSS - The Next Step in our Open Search Ecosystem, Yahoo!Search Blog, July 9th, 2008. - Websearch challenger Yahoo!Search is opening its engine's results to third-party engines. Typically, Google constrains a similar usage in the conditions attached to its engine's use.
- Wikia Death Proves Google Is Search-Startup Killer, Wired, April 3rd, 2009. - Another good piece at Wired, that suggests that -the recurrent hip for search startups may be simply long lived, as the dominant engine on the market is in fact the killer.
- Giving search a human touch, Wired, December 29th, 2006. - An interview with (now dead) Wikia Search founder Jimmy Wales. In the end, the community was not there, a lesson to be learned, no doubt.
Alternative Search Engines
Anonymous query (truely: if you trust them):
Some websearch engines:
Some real-time search engines:
Decision engines (or so-called):
- Wolfram's Alpha - Mathematica-based engine. Provides good numerical
- Kosmix - A surprisingly good engine with categorized results.
Human powered websearch:
- Wikia Search - Unfortunately, it's dead. This was the closest engine to the one defended by the seeks project.
- SearchEngineLand - A business and marketing news website with focus on search engines. Premium members get double voodoo information on the current doxa of proprietary, advertizing-based models for websearch. If there is a future for consensus-based, collaborative websearch, these guys aren't seeing it.
- Abondance - A rather weird galaxy of French websites. Seems less pure business oriented than its US counterpart, but still, neither social or alternative models of websearch are considered. Though the author seems well inspired, sometimes.
- Pandia Search Engines News - Another business and optimization oriented news websites whose articles are technically more interesting and original than that of its competitors. The weekly news wrapup is worth a look.
- Jim Jansen's blog
Interesting, academia oriented, blog on websearch
P2P search has retained the attention of many computer scientists. However, it is well known that its efficiency is well below that of centralized systems. As such, P2P keyword search (and thus websearch><) appears as a holy graal of P2P research.
- J.li & al, On the feasibility of peer-to-peer indexing and search, LNCS 2735, 2003. - Discusses the feasibility of the P2P search, using an indexing mechanism. Basically, it shows that P2P websearch is challenging, and remains some order of magnitude slower and less efficient than centralized architectures.
- M. Bender & al, P2P Content search: give the Web back to the people!, IPTPS, 2006. - Interestingly, this paper's introduction outlines many goals that are closely similar to those of the seeks project. Though clever, the proposed solution appears less appealing, lacking some central
features, such as self-publishing.