OCLC, Syracuse University, and University of Washington Team Up

Nov 11, 2008


Researchers and developers from OCLC and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington announced their participation in a new international effort to explore the creation of a more credible web search experience based on input from librarians around the globe.  Called the "Reference Extract," the planning phase of this project is funded through a $100,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Reference Extract is envisioned as a web search experience similar to those provided by popular search engines. Unlike other search engines, Reference Extract will be built for maximum credibility of search results by relying on the expertise of librarians.  Users will enter a search term and receive results weighted toward sites most often used by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress, the University of Washington, the State Library of Maryland, and over 2,000 other libraries worldwide.

(www.macfound.org, www.ischool.syr.edu/about/, www.ischool.washington.edu/, www.oclc.org)