[Web4lib] Lack of discussion of Google CSE and Libraries

Ross Singer ross.singer at library.gatech.edu
Thu Nov 9 09:46:00 EST 2006


The problem with Google CSE, as I see it, is that there doesn't seem
to be an API for it (is there and I'm missing it?).

Therefore I can aggregate, collate, sort, stamp and mutilate all of
the little topic search engines I can possibly dream up, but I can't
really use them in any meaningful way (i.e. from what Google starts, I
have to then rely on Google to finish).

Yes, it's a cool project with a lot of potential.  It's also extremely
limiting on many counts, as well.


On 11/8/06, Drew, Bill <drewwe at morrisville.edu> wrote:
> I originally posted this on my blog yesterday but I thought I might get
> some discussion here.
> I have been disappointed in the lack of posts from the most prolific
> library bloggers on the topic of Google Custom Search Engines.  In my
> own opinion it is the most important development at Google since Google
> went live.  Searching for the phrase "Google Custom Search " on LISZEN
> gets me 58 pages listed in the results
> <http://liszen.com/index.html?cx=007111056751095715160%3A3qdthmlca-m&q=%
> 22google+custom+search%22&sa=Search&cof=FORID%3A9> .  The articles are
> not from many of the big names in library tech blogging.  Some you might
> recognize are David Rothman <http://davidrothman.net/> , OA Librarian
> <http://oalibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/10/cool-new-search-tool-for-oa-new
> s.html> , and Christina's LIS Rant
> <http://christinaslibraryrant.blogspot.com/2006/10/google-custom-search.
> html> .  I am disappointed that ALA Tech Source nor any of the people at
> Library Journal have not reported on it.  I can also think of several
> other bloggers that should be covering this but are not.
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> Google <http://technorati.com/tag/Google> , Libraries
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