1. What are some of the reasons that might warrant the need to use a search system on a website?
A user might use a search system in a website to find specific content within a site faster without having to go through all the sites pages. Also if the user is unable to find something in the website they can easily use the search bar to find it.
2. Why is an Information Architect interested in search systems?
Information Architecture is interested in Search systems because it aids a users when browsing a website and it’s Information Architect responsibility eases their experience and its efficacy. Furthermore Information Architects can help better implement search systems within the overall website structure and how to optimize them.
3. Describe the core components of a search engine.
The core components of a search engine are
1) The webcrawler: combs through the pages on the internet and gathers the information for the search engine
2) The database: All of the information that a web crawler retrieves is stored in a database. Every time you use a search engine, it is this database you are searching, not the live internet.
3) The search algorithm: Each search engine interprets the terms you enter into the search box in different ways. Features that affect the search are operators, phrase searching and truncation
4) The ranking algorithm: How a search engine ranks the results of your search is possibly the most important component of a search engine. Most searches will retrieve thousands of results. Since most users only search through the first couple of pages, it is very important that the most relevant results are displayed first
4. What is a search zone? What are the approaches for creating search zones?
Search zones are subsets of a web site that have been indexed separately from the rest of the site’s content. When a user searches a search zone, he has, through interaction with the site, already identified himself as interested in that particular information.
Approaches for creating a search zone are the following:
– Content type
– Department/business unit
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