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1 Improving UCL Search WebNet, 3 December 2012 Dan Jackson, Senior Web Architect

2 Generally, the UCL search was described as ‘not fit for purpose’ by those that use it….The result is that many users do not use the UCL search and instead use Google search or find other navigation mechanisms. Nomensa UCL Audit & User Research Report

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4 …to understand the search requirements of UCL staff and students in order to prioritise work on enhancing the search functionality, the user interface and the range of information that is being indexed by the Funnelback search application.

5 The Three F’s Funnelback Front-end Findability

6 When it comes to search, install and forget no longer works.

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8 ucl.ac.uk Slade Bartlett IRIS Discovery Video (streaming server, YouTube, etc.) Audio (iTunesU, SoundCloud, etc.) Social (Twitter, blogs, etc.) People Courses Events Faculties / Departments News Services etc…

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10 ADVANCED SEARCH‘BEST BET’ FILETYPE FILTER FACETS RELATED QUERIES

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16 Findability The ability of users to identify an appropriate Web site and navigate the pages of the site to discover and retrieve relevant information resources.

17 Metadata is not used in the right way and there is no system for tagging documents to influence search. Each page needs to have appropriate tags associated with it so that the search refinements can sort them in a useful way Nomensa UCL Audit & User Research Report

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