[Watchknow-l] Major WatchKnow search engine improvement
sanger at citizendium.org
Fri Jul 9 16:45:39 CDT 2010
Also, we've made the top 25 list from the ALA's "Top 25 Websites for
Teaching and Learning":
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Larry Sanger [mailto:sanger at citizendium.org]
> Sent: Friday, July 09, 2010 5:20 PM
> To: 'watchknow-l at mail.citizendium.org'; 'List for the WatchKnow Media
> Review Panel'
> Subject: Major WatchKnow search engine improvement
> I thought I'd let you know that the WatchKnow search engine is now
> greatly improved, which translates to a vast improvement in the overall
> usability of the site. Check out how a few sample searches work:
> shark octopus:
> gives most relevant match first
> silent e:
> gives partial matches, but puts most relevant first
> pig mud: http://www.watchknow.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=pig+mud
> delivers the "Pigs Wallowing" category, because >1 video in the
> category has both search terms
> United States:
> very general searches are handled intelligently
> The combination of our fast and very accurate search engine and our
> completely unique, collaboratively-built, drag-and-drop, dynamic
> directory, makes WatchKnow the best site online for finding K-12
> educational videos. We have almost 20,000 videos indexed now, with age
> data for most of them. So while our age filter still misses a few
> videos (those with no age data), it catches most of them, which allows
> you both to filter the directory and search the database from within a
> certain age range.
> We have, in short, possibly the world's most powerful platform for
> making educational videos findable. WatchKnow (especially with the new
> search engine) is very useful for my own son, which to me means a lot
> of other people will find it useful as well.
> Next stop: if you can help us get more videos onto this platform, and
> help spread the word about it, we can ignite "tipping point" effects.
> There are many big changes just around the corner for us as well. I'll
> let you know about them as they appear.
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