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Search Mastery Speaker Series- Searching the World
The World-Wide Web’s first name is World-Wide. Despite that, we live much of our lives in an English-Wide Web, limited to finding content in the language of our queries. In this talk Doug will start by demonstrating how content in other languages can be found and used. He’ll then take a peek under the hood of the search and translation technology involved to get a hint of what might be possible in the future. He will talk a bit about what it means for a search engine to be “good,” and how developers draw on that perspective to make search engines better. Finally, he will wrap up with a few pointers on where to learn more about the search and translation technologies that he has talked about.

The Search Mastery Special Interest Group at the iSchool is pleased to invite you to a Webinar series focused on Search Mastery and Information Literacy. Over the Fall semester 2021 we will host a number of speakers to share their insights on the challenges and opportunities for advances in this critical area.

The talks are virtual. The speaker series will highlight current thought about search skills and search education including concepts, theories, and helpful models. We hope to understand the basic questions, fundamental puzzles, and empirical unknowns that if answered could transform how we approach search mastery.

Oct 21, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Doug Oard
Doug Oard is a Professor at the University of Maryland, with joint appointments in the College of Information Studies and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He has a passion for building search engines, for text, speech, and scanned documents that might be in any language. For more about his work, see https://terpconnect.umd.edu/~oard/