Universal Search at Lincoln

Universal Search at Lincoln

A look at why we're building a new Universal Search system at the University of Lincoln, and what you can expect it to do.


Nick Jackson

August 11, 2010


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    Instinct, especially in academia and bureaucracy, is to keep everything

    forever. This is understandably a problem once we get into millions of items of data.
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    Multiply this by every University system, for all the data

    we have ever created. It’s a lot of information to keep track of. But that’s OK because we’ve carefully organised it, right?
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    Nope. In fact, people are generally really bad at organising

    data. Things are consistently mis-labelled, in the wrong place, or just plain irrelevant. Even worse, we don’t know where to start looking for some things.
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    We take the content lists from things all over the

    University and put them into one.
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    And because it looks at a combined index, it can

    search 100% of our stuff at once.
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    Universal Search is currently under construction, but we’d love you

    to try it. Try search beta yourself: http://search.labs.lncn.eu Let us know any comments, problems, ideas or questions with the Feedback tab.
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    Universal Search is part of Labs, where we test new

    ideas to see what people think. Find out more about Labs: http://labs.lncn.eu