Creating your Custom Search Engine just got easier



On Sunday morning I had the pleasure of attending my colleague Ben Bunnell's session at ALA: Google Presents: New Developments. He talked about the addition of metadata records to Book Search results and other new features and updates for tools like News Archive Search and Google Patent Search. But he was especially excited to talk about Google Custom Search Engine (CSE), which makes it easy for anyone to create their own customized search engine. It turns out the CSE team just released a bit of code to make it even easier.

Let's say you've created a customized library website where you've spent years (literally) compiling links to specific resources that are useful to your community. To take advantage of your knowledge and expertise -- your "filter" for the web -- people regularly search your site and click on the useful links. Now imagine offering your fellow librarians or patrons a custom search engine built from the resources you've painstakingly collected -- without having to build it manually, URL by URL.

That's what the Custom Search team's new 'on the fly' feature lets you do. You no longer have to manually indicate which websites you'd like people to be able to search. Instead, you can embed a piece of code in your web page that automatically creates a CSE from the links on the page. And it's automatically updated, so if you add new links to your collection, the content on those websites will also be added to your search engine.

What will your search results look like? Here's an example, courtesy of our Custom Search blog: check out the abundance of Artificial Intelligence-related links on this Berkeley page, then see the results from the query "planning" using a CSE created for that page 'on the fly.'

If you have a website with links to specialized resources you want to share with people, go ahead and give it a try -- and pass the word along!


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9 comments:

Hugobci said...

I have already created a custom search engine to librarians, wich searchs sites most in brazilian portuguese. I called it "Fontes de Informação em Biblioteconomia e Ciêncian da Informação"

http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=007308898919572736622%3Aza-j7o_cb_g

Caleb said...

I have created many custom search engines through google coop:
Theology:
http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=000021378557841245585%3Azz7wni3igeo
Windows software:
http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=000021378557841245585%3Ahyms04mwk1m
Drivers:
http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=000021378557841245585%3Ae8qzdmmnbcw
Open source:
http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=000021378557841245585%3Ak9e7sdj1afs

Michael said...

CSE is a great way for librarians to best manage the abundant content on the web. Using CSE technology librarians can create "virtual pathfinders," directing patrons to specialized resources for a given subject, for example, allowing them the freedom to search multiple sources with a built in level of authority. This is a tremendous resource, especially for libraries who do not have the funding to subscribe to many of the costly electronic databases. Google is a valuable resource, librarians understand its popularity among patrons. I graduate from library school in December, and am glad to have come across this information.

Michael
Orlando, FL

Gwen said...

Jody...

I am in charge of Ohio's Genealogy Conference in 2009. I'd really like someone to come and speak about Google & genealogy
http://www.ogs.org/conference2009

any suggestions?

Tina said...

Hi,
I just tried to embed the CSE on my del.icio.us site with the onthefly tool, but it doesn't work. I copied and pasted the code, but nothing happended and the code was gone when I opened the source again. Any ideas what is going wrong?
Thanks,
Tina

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