Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


SCOOP ADVISORY: Scoop Keeps Getting Better

While it is not immediately apparent on the surface - given the focus on bringing you breaking news before the traditional media - Scoop is actually a fully featured free electronic library as well as a news site.

You will notice now that on the right hand side of the Scoop front page there is a series of new indexes.

Click on one of these indexes and you will see how Scoop is getting smarter and more helpful for you.

Using the latest XML technology Scoop has developed d a new-generation search tool designed by news researchers for news research. I.E. designed to find answers.

When did the Beverly Bouma homicide happen? Did the Greens issue a statement on the subject? What has Michael Cullen said on tariffs? When did news of the missing Sounds teenager break? How did Radio New Zealand develop the story? How many National Party press releases mention netball? How many mention rugby? What has Pete Hodgson said about the ECA? What has Bill English said about Peter Hodgson and the ECA?

If you have a question about news, Scoop will quite probably know the answer.

SCOOP'S NEW GENERATION SEARCH TOOL

Search engines are normally designed to deliver material on the based of weighted boolean logic search algorithms. Though they are getting better they are still, in Scoop's experience, often frustrating.

The results from these search tools are usually either very large lists - which you need to scroll through to find what you want - or a fairly chaotic stream of partially relevant documents.

Scoop's search tool is simpler. It just finds what you are looking for.

It works in the same way that you use a library. First find the vicinity of a news event, person subject - then hone in on more detail if you need it.

For example you can search Government Press Releases only for references to Jim Anderton - or Alliance Releases only for references to electricity - or TV3 news monitor reports only in November 1998 for news about Iraq etc.

HOW THE SEARCH ENGINE WORKS

The search engine returns the first 200 matches it finds for all the words you search for - and arranges them chronologically with the most recent first. Boolean expressions do not work any "ands" and "ors" will be simply ignored by the engine.

The search engine compensates for this by allowing you to narrow the focus of when - and where you search. Giving you easy access to all the information.

WHAT YOU SEE ON AN INDEX PAGE

At the top of each index page is a chart showing the number of items in each index by month over the past three years - since Scoop began compiling material online. Each number in the chart shows how many items there are under that subject area/category in that month.

Underneath this is a search tool. This allows you to search the whole database.... - Select Search - Any Category - Any Time

Or narrower components of it.

The default setting is the current month - current category.

Using the tick boxes you can select to search +/- 1 month or +/-2 months or anytime. You can also choose to search the current category, or all categories.

If you want to search a different category you need to go back to the front page and select a new category.

Scoop would be delighted if its readers pass this message on to anyone who may find its contents useful and would be interested in feedback on the usability of the news search and navigation tools.

Send your comments to editor@scoop.co.nz

The Scoop Team....

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news