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Re: Yet Another LOD cloud browser

From: Sherman Monroe <sdmonroe@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2009 10:49:47 -0500
Message-ID: <e23f467e0905180849l73c4254ai8d389fb0c290fe8a@mail.gmail.com>
To: David Huynh <dfhuynh@alum.mit.edu>
Cc: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>, semantic-web@w3.org

> I guess I'm just trying to close the gap between Google's search
> results--which people are familiar with--and  razorbase's or any novel
> search engine's results. For example, when I search for Microsoft on Google,
> the first result not only IS what I want, but also LOOKs like what I want. I
> can make the decision to click on it within maybe 1 or 2 seconds.

I've added a "query type" selector with three options: lookup things
{named,related to,known by URI}. (Click the word 'named' on home page and in
query controls to make query type selector appear.)

David, do you think this helps in the problem you're describing, i.e., if
user is given the option of 'how' to lookup, might they be able to have
different expectations about the result set (i.e. if i lookup things 'named'
Microsoft, then I see the first URI, can I make the assumption that that's
most likely the one I want?

> The URL "www.microsoft.com" in that search result is perhaps the most
> convincing element, as I know only *the* Microsoft can possibly own that
> domain. (This will be a challenge for any SW search engine, because no-one
> can own any URI, and so, seeing a URI alone means pretty much nothing.
> That's one of the main differences between URL and URI, which is usually
> swept under the rug.)

Yeah, there's a lot of that going on in the SW :) Well, maybe not 'swept
under the rug', but more like 'piled in the corner'. And I think it's needed
for progress, otherwise we get hung on these issues.

> I believe that these "little details" play a big role in how users interact
> with SW search engines. It's not just that the search engine should return
> the right result, but that it should convince the user that the right result
> is right.

Indeed, and this is something I'll think more on.


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