I've written a bit on my blog about how search engines are starting to
effect relevance for individual users based on their browsing history,
preferences, profiles, and social network. These cues could work
better than crude geographic location based boosting to get users to
relevant and appropriate pages.
I think we could begin to see more local data like library catalogs
begin to make it to the first page of results based on these criteria.
I also explore how embedded semantic markup like Microdata and
Schema.org may come into play to make this more effective for library
websites and catalogs.
On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM, [log in to unmask]
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> First of all, I'm going to say I know little in this area. I've done some
> preliminary research about search indexing (Google's) and investigated a
> few OPAC robot.txt files. Now to my questions:
> - Can someone explain to me or point me to research as to why local
> library catalog records do not show up in Google, Bing, or Yahoo! search
> - Is there a general prohibition by libraries for search engines to
> crawl their public records?
> - Do the search engines not index these records actively?
> - Is it a matter of SEO/promoted results?
> - Is it because some systems don't mint URLs for each record?
> I haven't seen a lot of discussion about this recently and I know Jason
> Ranallo has done a lot of work in this area and gave a great talk at
> code4lib Seattle on microdata/Schema.org, so I figured this could be part
> of that continuing conversation.
> I look forward to being educated by you all,
> Tod Robbins
> iSchool GSA Crew
> MLIS Candidate 2012
> University of Washington