Searching for geoscience information in the workplace

In 2015 we conducted an experiment to see how well people performed searching for geoscience information in an organization using search engines. In total 26 experienced staff from several countries in an exploration company participated using their own company information and subsurface search engine. To our knowledge, it was the first and remains the only,... Continue Reading →

The Tyranny of the OR and the Genius of the AND

Over 25 years ago Collins and Poras (1994) studied successful companies and noted their ability to often embrace what appear to be competing constructs. This may be akin to machine learning (statistical) and knowledge engineering (linguistics-taxonomies). On many occasions I've seen one 'camp' explain all the pitfalls of the other, without acknowledging the limitations of... Continue Reading →

Geoscience and Information Science

Thirty years ago I started my MSc in Computing in Earth Sciences. Since then much of my time has been spent applying computing & data science to geoscience in industry. For the past ten years or so, my focus has turned to academia; further developing the information science to underpin Natural Language Processing (NLP), Taxonomy,... Continue Reading →

The singular – plural search term issue…

People overestimate how good they are at searching using search engines. Whilst many search engine deployments have improved, issues remain that many searchers are oblivious to. For example, today (16th May 2020) I made the query 'peru ignimbrite' (a volcanic rock) to a well known scholarly search engine, 270 results were returned. I made the... Continue Reading →

Past 7 days Google Trends Worldwide

Interesting to see the Google search volume patterns by country over the past 7 days, comparing the topics of health (blue) versus economy (red). Comparing through time, it appears that Italy and Vietnam have switched proportionally from 'health' to 'economy' in the last few days. Malaysia and Indonesia appear to have gone in the opposite... Continue Reading →

QUESTION: DO PEOPLE USE SEARCH ENGINES MORE WHEN WORKING REMOTELY FROM HOME COMPARED TO WORKING IN A PHYSICAL WORKPLACE OR INSTITUTION?

It may be possible that remote working from home becomes 'the norm' in some areas, with travel to the workplace 'the exception' (flipping the pre-lockdown practice for many). A resulting change in behaviour where people do indeed search their company resources and external literature 'more' could have implications on a number of levels. There is... Continue Reading →

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