|In This Issue
|Ask Jeeves Flies
to Web Farming
| Netscape/AOL started a new discovery service with a new twist or
two. First, they have partnered with Google (described in the last
issue). Second, they have integrated the work of the Open Directory Project (ODP). Through the
efforts of 13,018 volunteer editors, 705,472 websites have been categorized into 105,733
categories with Yahoo-like descriptions (as of July 5, 1999). Impressive by any standards!
Netscape/AOL is freely licensing the ODP information to Lycos,
HotBot, DogPile, and others.
The ODP information is maintained with the Resource
Description Framework of W3C. With all those volunteers,
ODP's motto is "Humans do it better."
on Web Farming
| Three-day seminars on Web
Farming are offered by DCI on
the following dates. For full details, see the online
- September 15-17 in San Francisco
- November 10-12 in Dallas
| The Search Engine Showdown is a new
site monitoring global discovery services, much like the Search Engine Watch. The author, Greg
Notess, has done an excellent job in tracking the sizes, hits, overlaps, and dead
links of the major sites. Note the Feature Chart.
has launched their Invisible Web Catalog, a by-product of BullsEye
search tool. Lycos has licensed this catalog as a section called Reference
> Searchable Databases. Must browse!
As quoted in a TechWeb article, Danny
Sullivan of the Search Engine
Watch said that "there is lots of information that cannot be found via
ordinary search engines because it is locked up in databases."
| One of the harder resources to search
is all of the U.S. Government websites because they are so extensive and so fragmented. A
new service by Northern Light alleviates
this problem. USGovsearch
charges fees based on a subscription - $5 for a day pass, $30 for a month, and $250 for
the year. This reminds one of the entrance fees to a national park! Remember that most
content of the U.S. Government is free - if you can find it. . .
Support in Oracle
announces XML support for its database server. Several XML parsers for C/C++ and
Java were included, along with XML utilities and server-side applet to allow Oracel8I to
process queries and reply with XML documents. However, Oracle's integration with XML is
lacking without data cartridge support, as compared with IBM's XML Extender.
Scraping in VB
| Like the screen
scraping programs of the 3270-era, web scraping has become quite popular. Read about an
example of scraping data from Amazon.com using Visual Basic.
| The IPO of Ask Jeeves (NASDAQ: ASKJ)
soared over 400% to $72, giving it a market capitalization of almost two billion dollars! For their last quarter, revenues
were $1M with a loss of $5M. Previously, this low-end search service has not
attracted much attention. Its approach is to research recurring questions by its staff and
respond to new questions with this research. The company is targeting corporate clients
(like Dell and Compaq) for their growth by licensing their technology for in-house
& Web Surfing
| Recent articles about
pretexting caught my attention. They dealt with an information broker who calls a
company to obtain confidential information about another person by giving a false
pretext. In other words, pretexting is lying about who you are and why you are
obtaining the information.
Read more about this critical
issue for web farmers.
Plugs Outside Info
| In the latest book by Peter Drucker
Challenges for the 21st Century, the following statement makes the case for Web
"And so is the one new area - and the most important one - in which we do not as
yet have systematic and organized methods for obtaining information: information on the
OUTSIDE of the enterprise. These new methods are very different in their assumptions and
their origins. Each was developed independently and by different people... They aim at
providing information rather than data." p. 101
| The Knowledge Management Resource
Center has featured the Web Farming website.
Domains for Infonautics
| In the last issue, we noted
that Infonautics, the provider of the successful Company Sleuth service, secured more
domains for its future expansion. They recently added more. Guess what Infonautics will be
sleuthing in the future!