SIGIA-L Mail Archives: [Sigia-l] Best Bets - a Federated Search?
[Sigia-l] Best Bets - a Federated Search?
From: Eric Scheid (eric.scheid_at_ironclad.net.au)
Date: Tue Oct 01 2002 - 03:54:50 EDT
Is Best Bets an example of a federated search system?
At first, I thought yes. They are presented in the same segmented manner
that federated searches usually are, and they could be implemented on the
backend as two distinct databases ... yet ultimately they point to the
same destination as the raw index searches. In a way this is akin to
meta-search, where some of the search sources cover only a niche (eg.
biomed, or Los Angeles blogs). And yet, in my gut this doesn't sit quite
Anyone care to shed some light on this - are there formal definitions
(eg. taught in LIS) for Federated Search?
Would Yahoo's inclusion of results from it's directory along with the
wider "internet search" be considered a best bets search example?
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