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Chapter 3 Local Web Search Examined

Web Search Engine Research

ISBN: 978-1-78052-636-2, eISBN: 978-1-78052-637-9

ISSN: 1876-0562

Publication date: 10 February 2012


Purpose — To provide a theoretical background to understand current local search engines as an aspect of specialized search, and understand the data sources and used technologies.

Design/methodology/approach — Selected local search engines are examined and compared toward their use of geographic information retrieval (GIR) technologies, data sources, available entity information, processing, and interfaces. An introduction to the field of GIR is given and its use in the selected systems is discussed.

Findings — All selected commercial local search engines utilize GIR technology in varying degrees for information preparation and presentation. It is also starting to be used in regular Web search. However, major differences can be found between the different search engines.

Research limitations/implications — This study is not exhaustive and only uses informal comparisons without definitive ranking. Due to the unavailability of hard data, informed guesses were made based on available public interfaces and literature.

Practical implications — A source of background information for understanding the results of local search engines, their provenance, and their potential.

Originality/value — An overview of GIR technology in the context of commercial search engines integrates research efforts and commercial systems and helps to understand both sides better.



Ahlers, D. (2012), "Chapter 3 Local Web Search Examined", Lewandowski, D. (Ed.) Web Search Engine Research (Library and Information Science, Vol. 4), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 47-78.



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