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Nov 19, 2002: Feeling a Bit Prodigal

Whew. Glad to be back home in Ann Arbor. Eighteen talks in two months is too much. Note to self: let the wife handle the scheduling from now on.

Gave another talk on cracking the enterprise IA nut, this time at Nico Macdonald's London AIGA-ED group; you can download it at low low price of 4 Mb. And yesterday, participated in a panel on IA and user studies at ASIS&T 2002 in Philadelphia. I spoke mostly about search log analysis as a technique for understanding users' needs (217 Kb), and enjoyed Gary Marchionini and Amanda Spink's presentations as well.

Also, the attendance at Margaret Hanley's and my IA seminars for the Nielsen Norman Group were very high, and much as I'd like to think otherwise, all credit to the topic for drawing so well. Despite the crapola economy, people definitely are interested in IA. And many of the same people like to drink; we enjoyed local brews in both NYC (kudos to Mike Lee for the nifty photo) and London. Thanks to all of you who joined in the fun!

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Comment: ML (Nov 20, 2002)

Interesting that you'd bring up search log analysis. Through peterme.com I found someone in Australia who is actually planning to embark on a project to build open tools for the community for search log analysis. I'm collaborating with him right now to identify needs and requirements. My immediate need is to have a suite of analysis reports available when I launch my new enterprise search here.

Comment: Lou (Nov 20, 2002)

Lisa (and others): would you be willing to share the requirements you're coming up with? Certainly would be glad to have a group brainstorm here on Bloug.

Comment: ML (Nov 20, 2002)

You know. I think Beau would be open to it. I'll shoot him an email. Maybe we could get some helpers on this.

Comment: Beau (Nov 20, 2002)

Hi Lou/Lisa,
Sure, I am all-for brainstorming in public. My plans with the tools that I will be working on (and there are more than just search log analysis, but the others will come later), is to have them very open to the "public", and hopefully to be pretty much Open Source. In the near future, my website will be updated to include a section with the plans that I'm working on. There will be some room there for hashing things out, including a compiled feature-list as things progress.

Once Lisa and I have combined our lists, we will post them/it here as a starting point.

Comment: Lou (Nov 22, 2002)

Thanks Beau and Lisa; I'll round up some others who'll be interested.

Comment: Guy (Jun 23, 2004)

Hi guys,
I know it is not open source like discussed above but we actually make a search log analysis product called BehaviorTracking check it out http://www.behaviortracking.com

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