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Search Mastery Speaker Series: What it means to do research on the internet.... and why so many are doing it wrong
The internet is full of claims and counterclaims about everything—vaccines, uncivil society, 5G, politics, whether birds are real, and even whether or not Betty White flipped the bird in a famous photo. Usually these claims are backed up with the argument “but I DID my research on the internet!” And, as you might expect, the quality of most of that “research” isn’t great. The root of the problem is that the loudest voices and most prolific “researchers” really have no idea what good research would be—they often don’t have any good models to follow, and in a Dunning-Krugeresque world, they don’t even know that they don’t know. In this talk we’ll discuss what we’ve seen in poor research practices, and what we can do to help teach the world at large about how to actually do decent online research
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 Spring semester 2022 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.

Jan 20, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dan Russell
Daniel Russell is Google's Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View. He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. These days he realizes that understanding and amplifying human intelligence is his real passion. His day job is to understand how people search for information, and the ways they come to learn about the world through online information sources. His 20% job is teaching the world to search more effectively. His MOOC, PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com, is currently hosting over 3,000 learners / week in the course and over the past 4 years, more than 5 million students have attended his online search classes. His instructional YouTube videos have a cumulative runtime of over 425 years (24 hours/day; 7 days/week; 365 weeks/year).