AbleGrape.com is a good example of a focused search engine that aims
to index only "authoritative" sources within a particular disciple --
in this case it's wine, enology, and viticulture. It currently crawls
about 40,000 vetted websites.
It's a great search engine for the subject area it serves, and it
probably helped that the creator was a VP at Inktomi.
On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM, Cindy Harper <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> So that led me to speculate about a search engine that ranked just by links
> from .edu's, libraries sites, and a librarian-vetted list of .orgs,
> scholarly publishers, etc. I think you can limit by .edu in the linked-from
> in Google - I haven't tried that much. if anyone here has experience at
> using tha technique, I'd like to hear about it. But I'm thinking now about
> the possibility of a search engine limited to sites cooperatively vetted by
> librarians, that would incorporate ranking by # links. Something more
> responsive than cataloging websites in our catalogs.
> Is anyone else thinking about these ideas? or do you know of projects that
> approach this goal of leveraging librarian's vetting of authoritative