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1 1 Search Update Webmasters User Group by Kevin Paddock, DTS Search Administrator State of California Webmasters User Group Wednesday, November 29, 2006

2 2 Search Update “Dessert First” Clarifications  The new Google search URL  Site search – free or not? Keymatch Project Update Other Cool Features

3 3 Questions?

4 4 Clarifications Base URL for new search  The form code published is for state- wide search (CA search) only  The Form codeForm code  Code not intended for site search But you are very clever and know how to use:  the query operator -- “site:”  the URL parameter -- “&sitesearch”  the URL parameter – “&output=xml”

5 5 Search CA Form Code Search:

6 6 Clarifications, page 2 the “site:” query operator .../search?q=services site:www.dts.ca.gov works at toowww.google.com  get site search for free from google.com?  get site search for free from google.com/coop/cse/?  our GSA behavior has been modified to...  return either a confirmation message: “Yes! Your query produced results. Your site is indexed.”  or the standard error message: Your search - site:www.finewines.ca.gov - did not match any documents. No pages were found containing "site:www.finewines.ca.gov".  Why no results? DTS cost recovery model currently in place dictates that we recover costs for services. To achieve that objective, the behavior of this operator was modified.

7 7 Clarifications, page 3 the “&sitesearch” URL parameter .../search?q=services&sitesearch=“www.dts.ca.gov”  returns results for indicated site only Whoopee! Site search for free! However...  No department branding.  No department control of results layout, colors, etc.  No administrator console for customizations, accessing features, collections configurations, etc.  No DTS support.  not deterred by these drawbacks? Try...

8 8 Clarifications, page 4 the “&output=xml” URL parameter .../search?q=services&output=xml&sitesearch=w ww.dts.ca.gov Whoopee! Site search for free! No UI. Returns an XML object of search results (think “web services”) for site indicated by the &sitesearch value Create your own layout using server-side scripting Static pages web site? Sorry. You don’t really care about GSA features accessed via the admin console.

9 9 Clarifications, page 5 What will DTS do?  If you want supported site search now, DTS offers this service for less than the cost of purchasing a GSA or GSA-mini.  eServices is researching the situation: allow free site search to all departments or continue with the current pay-for-service model and alter the &sitesearch parameter too.  DTS Site Search Service description: See:http://www.dts.ca.gov/custguide/DTS_Customer_Guide.htmhttp://www.dts.ca.gov/custguide/DTS_Customer_Guide.htm for PDF Why does “&sitesearch” work but “&site” does not?  The “behavior modification” steps to prohibit free site search were not completed before DTS was instructed to “hold off” further modifications until a decision is made. Recommendation: don’t start using “&sitesearch” for production search. Wait till we have an decision.

10 10 Questions on Clarifications?

11 11 Keymatch Project  Keymatch Update: 117 entered so far (migrated & updated from K2) Entire list is or will be viewable at or for a  Should all State web site “machine” names (or aliases), entered as sole search term return the associated web site homepage as a Keymatch? abc  dhs  dot  caltrans 

12 12 Keymatch, example

13 13 Keymatch List - example

14 14 Keymatch  Should all State web site “machine” names (or aliases), entered as sole search term return the associated web site homepage as a Keymatch?  If yours is not already listed and you want it added make your request to...  send requests in CSV file format.  see previous Search Update PPT for fields and descriptions

15 15 Other Cool Features Related Queries  Interactively suggest alternative queries  Search term (keyword or keyphrase) driven  Associates alternative words or phrases with specified search terms.  Related Queries appear as links at the top of the results list  Clicking the link, submits a new query, like spell suggest “You could also try...”  Related Query request format: Search TermsRelates to cccconservation corps  your requests as a list in CSV format:  ccc,conservation corp

16 16 Other Cool Features: Related Queries

17 17 Other Cool Features Query Expansion  Query expansion enables the search appliance to automatically add extra terms to a user's search query, in order to return additional relevant results.  Two Types: Stemming  searches for “engineer” will include “engineers” Automatic Synonyms  searches for “FAQ” will include “frequently asked questions”  Both types support blacklists  GSA includes a QE list of 20,000 synonyms (mostly stems)  Currently disabled due to a bug in the GSA.

18 18 Questions?

19 19 Thanks for Watching Contact:  Kevin Paddock, Search Administrator  DTS: 


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