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I’ve been reading The Invisible Web by Chris Sherman and Gary Price to learn about the history of the deep web and federated search. The book was published in 2001. I’ll review it another time; today I want to challenge you with some trivia questions inspired by content from the book.

See how many questions you can answer. Leave your answers in the comments. No prizes, no glory, no fame, just fun. If you don’t want to spoil your fun, don’t look at the comments until you answer as many questions as you can.

Note that many of the terms I’m quizzing you about are not in common use today; that’s a big part of the trivia factor.

Here are the questions:

  1. What is the Opaque Web?
  2. What is the Private Web?
  3. What is a focused crawler?
  4. What is a false drop?
  5. Who coined the term “hypertext” in 1965? (I actually met the person.)
  6. What is a controlled vocabulary?
  7. What was particularly interesting about the Zapper metasearch engine?
  8. What is a web ring?
  9. In 1945, Vannevar Bush published an essay in The Atlantic Monthly, As We May Think. In that essay he proposed the “memex.” What is the memex and what is its relevance to search?
  10. What is Dr. Eugene Garfield most well known for in relation to federated search?

How many can you answer? If I get a good response to this quiz I’ll post more in the future.

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2 Responses so far to "Deep web and federated search trivia quiz"

  1. 1 Alan Cockerill
    October 23rd, 2008 at 4:19 am  

    Less than confident but…
    1. The crawlable web without metadata?
    2. Intranet/Extranet – crawlable content requiring authentication?
    3. I imagine it’s a crawler that either harvests a specific type of information (eg http://www.skreemr.com and audio files), a particular group of sites, or content that matches a particular criteria.
    4. A hit that matches the search criteria, but not the searcher’s requirements, eg searching for invalid pensions and getting stuff about pensions that are no longer valid.
    5. I thought it was Myron Krueger – but I looked it up and I’m wrong.
    6. A thesaurus or subject heading list. An agreed list of specific words that are used to indicated subject content regardless of the words used in the content.
    7. Never heard of it.
    8. A group of sites with a common focus that provide links to each other – do these still exist?
    9. It was a postulated mechanical precursor to hypertext.
    10. No idea

    Have I committed professional suicide by not searching for the correct answers?

  2. 2 Matthew Theobald
    October 24th, 2008 at 2:57 am  

    1. What is the Opaque Web?
    The web in site searches.
    2. What is the Private Web?
    Registration only

    3. What is a focused crawler?
    a bot that captures web content

    4. What is a false drop?
    bad hit

    5. Who coined the term “hypertext” in 1965? (I actually met the person.)

    looking forward to knowing

    6. What is a controlled vocabulary?
    nomenclature
    7. What was particularly interesting about the Zapper metasearch engine?
    I never heard of it
    8. What is a web ring?
    a rotation of web pages
    9. In 1945, Vannevar Bush published an essay in The Atlantic Monthly, As We May Think. In that essay he proposed the “memex.” What is the memex and what is its relevance to search?

    It is the answering machine

    10. What is Dr. Eugene Garfield most well known for in relation to federated search?

    citation analysis

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