Web-based information resources

This is the home page for BIT330, “Web-based information resources”, taught by Scott Moore at the Ross School of Business in Fall (September—December) 2008. This site has all the information you will need for this class, including assignments, the schedule, and a place to post questions.

If you're wondering why you might want to take this class, then you should watch this video.

Here is a page that lists the best search tools for business students that we discussed and explored this semester.

Schedule (show all)

Date Title
12/08/2008 27 Wrap Up
We wrap up this semester's activities.
12/03/2008 26 Yahoo
We have a visitor from Yahoo.
12/01/2008 25 Metasearch Engines
We discuss and evaluate metasearch engines.
11/26/2008 24 Other Search Sites
We explore many of the most recently created search engines.
11/24/2008 23 Google
We have a visitor from Google.

Topics discussed

Page tags

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Industry updates (show all)

These are the five most recent industry updates. The rest are on the show all page.

Announcements (show all)

These are the five most recent announcements. The rest are on the show all page.

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21 Jan 2009 16:46 Links To All Student Projects
Here are the links to all of the final projects.
18 Dec 2008 21:54 General Feedback About The Term Projects
I will be posting your course grades sometime late Thursday. I have finished recording your assignment grades on the Web site.
01 Dec 2008 01:21 RSS Feeds And Your Term Project
I noticed several things about RSS feeds and the difference for those who handle this part better than others:
01 Dec 2008 00:48 Hint About CSEs And Your Term Project
I have read a bunch of blogs about your custom search engines, and have had the opportunity to look at your CSEs fairly in-depth. Some observations:
24 Nov 2008 00:19 Grades For Project Status Report 3
Here's information about the grades for this status report.

Final projects

Here are the links to all of the final projects.

  1. Investment Banking Industry by bryblumbryblum
  2. Alternative Energy in the US by Eric BrackmannEric Brackmann
  3. Start Up Process by dylanbdylanb
  4. HIV/AIDS Non Profit Initiatives by CaitdCaitd
  5. Automobile Industry by HcflowHcflow
  6. SEMCOG Transit Panel by thauckthauck
  7. Software-as-a-Service by BrianHeM10BrianHeM10
  8. Mortgage Industry by HermatzHermatz
  9. Walt Disney Pictures by Susan KennedySusan Kennedy
  10. U.S. Travel Services: Airlines by laytosplaytosp
  11. Internet Infrastructure by tmuirtmuir
  12. Apple the Company by dpnickdpnick
  13. OIL: U.S. and the World by roopakroopak
  14. Defense & Aerospace Industry by mlrossitmlrossit
  15. Music Recording Industry by schmidkeschmidke
  16. Social Networking by jenstanjenstan

Blog entries (show all)

These are the 5 most recent blog entries. The rest are on the show all page.

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30 Nov 2008 19:56 Custom Search Engine for Social Networking (by jenstanjenstan)
The idea of having a custom search engine embedded into my wiki site sounded amazing. It would make it easy for viewers of my site wanting to learn about specific aspects of social networking to find them on sites that I deemed appropriate and useful. It would save time and organize all the sites into one nice search result. However, what sites would be relevant to search that just include social networking information??
30 Nov 2008 19:55 CiteuLike (by jenstanjenstan)
When I have no idea how to work a website or search engine such as CiteULike, I find it easiest just to experiment and see what happens. After briefly reading the FAQ page, and learning the basics of CiteULike, I just dove right in to find if it would be a useful tool for a student to use.
30 Nov 2008 23:02 The Eternal Quest For Images (by bryblumbryblum)
I'll admit it. Like most people, I am "Google Image Loyal" when it comes to searching for images. Why shouldn't I be? It's fast, it's easy, it's well laid-out, and I can always find the picture I'm looking for. So when Professor Moore suggested alternative means of picture searching today in class, I was definitely skeptical. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," I thought.
30 Nov 2008 05:22 The SaaS Search Engine (by BrianHeM10BrianHeM10)
Have you ever felt Google was too broad a tool to use? Did receiving 1,200,000 results about a topic seem daunting to browse? That is the solution that custom search engines bring! Essentially, the SaaS Search Engine was created to focus on retrieving information about SaaS topics from websites and news sites related to the industry. That way, all the results you receive are relevant and come from similar sources. The SaaS Search Engine was built using Google Custom Search Engine - a tool that lets you wittle down Google's massive index of websites into whatever you like. I am going to briefly mention how the search engine was made and then look at how useful the search results of the Search Engine are.
30 Nov 2008 14:00 Digg vs Slashdot - Social News War (by BrianHeM10BrianHeM10)
The number of social news sites has grown dramatically during the past few years - some succeed while most fail. Digg and Slashdot are two of the ones that have succeeded. Digg has the most daily unique hits by far but it is also caters to most types of news readers. Slashdot is also extremey popular as well but focuses on a much more niche market Slashdot serves ("News for Nerds"). I am going to compare to both sites in terms of the quality of articles I find, the browsing experience, and any additional features that separates one site from the other.
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