A Search Interface for my Questions

Mark A.C.J. Overmeer
AT Computing bv
Nijmegen, The Netherlands


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Current interfaces to Search Engines are based on speed of delivery by the engine, and ease of use by everyone. However, if you are really looking for information, the results are often poor. In this paper, an experimental interface is demonstrated which has more ways to control the search and a very abstract representation of results. It demands more of the human and the machine, but should deliver better answers.
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  1. Introduction
  2. The Selection Process
    1. The Spider
    2. Selection on Keywords
    3. Limiters on Words
    4. Limiters on Sites
    5. Displaying Sites
  3. Project Status
  4. Conclusions
  5. References

This paper was published and presented on June 9 1999, at the TERENA-NORDUnet Networking Conference 1999 (TNNC): "The Challenge of Gigabit Networking". With thanks to Duncan Barclay for improving my English.

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Mark Overmeer got his MSc in Informatics from the University of Nijmegen, NL in 1990. Since then, he gained professional experience in maintaining a large variety of UNIX-systems, from tiny to super-computers. In his current occupation, this knowledge is taught to system-developers and -maintainers at AT Computing bv, a leading training institute on UNIX and UNIX-related languages in the Netherlands.

Next to his professional activities in computers, he maintains a very popular Dutch Internet-site since 1995, and actively participates in development of Public Domain software.