Ken Varnum, Web Systems Manager at the University of Michigan Library, won first prize of $1,000 in the second annual Federated Search Blog contest. Ken’s essay, Project Lefty: More Bang for the Search Query, was judged best by the five federated search experts who evaluated the entries. His essay is featured in this month’s Computers in Libraries Magazine. As another perq of winning top prize, Ken was a speaker today at the Computers in Libraries Conference, on the panel: Innovative Applications of Federated Search Technology.

Deep Web Technologies, blog and contest sponsor, paid for Ken’s travel and lodging expenses to the conference. Deep Web Technologies founder and President, Abe Lederman, handed Ken a $1,000 check at the Conference this afternoon. Deep Web Technologies also gave prizes of $500 and $250 to Hope Leman and Dave Walker, the second and third place winners.

More information about Ken’s winning entry and the contest is available in Deep Web Technologies’ Press Release. [ Note: There's an error in the Press Release. Ken's essay really appears in Computers in Libraries magazine, not in Searcher magazine. I wrote the Press Release and I regret the error. ]

Update, 4/14/10: Ken’s slides from the panel are here.

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