Wolfram Alpha and other Search Engine

You might want to look before you leap, especially if you plan to use this for professional research, specifically the terms of use before using some of these new search engines. A faculty member at Willamette University pointed out the interesting term of use for Wolfram Alpha Search Engine, which was released on Monday.

Apparently, Groklaw, the Illinios-based company does not claim to be a search engine, but rather a number crunching machine. However, they “claim copyright on the each results page and require attribution” because the answers that are being created may not actually exist until the question had been asked.

Some sites, like Twine and hakia, try to personalize searches, separating out results you would find interesting based on your web use. Searchme offers an iTunes-like interface that lets users shuffle through photos and images. Kosmix bundles information by type—from Twitter, Facebook, blogs, the government—to make it easier to consume. Wolfram Alpha is more of an enormous calculator than a search: It crunches data to come up with query answers that may not exist online until you search for them….

Read the terms of agreement for Wolfram.

Read more about discussion on the terms of agreement for Wolfram.

Read more about complimentary search engines.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on May 21, 2009, in Copyright, Data Mining, Education, Libraries, Patents, Science Stuff, Tech Toys, Technology and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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