Hakia Hopes to Expand Coverage, Enlisting the Help of Librarians

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The semantic search engine known as “Hakia” currently generates credibility-stamped results for health and medical searches, which aims to point users in the direction of credible online content.  Hakia announced Monday that they are hoping to expand their coverage to include ALL topics, a pretty lofty goal.  To aid them in their efforts, Hakia has made an open call to librarians and information professionals to assist in the effort.

Why do they want the help of librarians and information professionals?  Well because we know everything, of course!  On a more serious note, the reason Hakia is looking to librarians for help is because they’re trained in the art of finding not just information, but solid, credible information.  In other words, librarians are pretty good at sorting out the crap from the reliable stuff. 

All of Hakia’s currently generated medical and health results have been vetted by the Medical Library Association.  To take on all topics, Hakia will need all of the help that they can get.

Librarians interested in joining Hakia’s effort can suggest URLs that lead to the most credible websites on any given topic.  Hakia will then process the sites with its QDEX proprietary technology, and then make it available to web searches within credibility stamped search results.

Because Hakia understands that librarians do have a job and a life outside of the information world, each month they randomly giveaway thank-you prizes to participants ranging from conference grants to book donations.

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  • http://www.setrue.com elad

    If I got the article right, Hakia search engine is a semantic based search engine which leans on actual people and not on any software?

    I’m sorry, but it looks like their goal of indexing each and every subject is kinda hopless.
    Tho semantic search is the goal of, I think, every search enging, still – it can’t be done by people indexing the entire web.

  • http://www.hakia.com Farrah

    Greetings from hakia! Your questions intrigued us. Here is the answer:

    hakia is a search engine that semantically analyzes and stores knowledge in Web pages with its automated process QDEXing (stands for Query Detection and Extraction System). There is no human involvement. QDEXing is a new system that replaces the indexing process that is widely used today.

    When our system crawls the Web and QDEXes Web pages, the same process happens. However, we classify the visited Web pages as “general Web sites” and “credible” Websites. Credible websites are selected by the librarians and information professionals.

    When a query comes in, our SemanticRank algorithm will rank all results by meaning match and other factors. We show results from credible sites by offering a credibility-stamp for visual differentiation. For an example of credibility-stamped results, try the query: What causes heart disease?

    Our goal is to point credible Web pages to searchers by channeling the collective knowledge of the librarian community. I hope this helps to answer your question.

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    Excuse me but, you are asking for us to provide a normally paid service to be done for free.

    Google pays its quality raters $14-20 an hour.

    Yahoo has internal raters which are paid. It is a division of Web Analytics. A junior web analyst makes starst at $30K a year.

    Lionbridge also pays web analysts, not much at least $10-12 an hour.

    There are a variety of web companies that do this.

    Peer reviewing requires greater depth of skill than quality rating.

    It is not enough to say join a club and do work for us because we are providing a valuable information service.

    In a way, how you have approached librarians degrades the profession by saying what is normally paid for should be free.

    Conference grants and book donations are not enough.

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