Wednesday, April 18

April Showers Bring... Search Engine Video Lectures

Here in the northeast it has not been pleasant, the cold rain is incessant. The old saying for April this year could be "April Monsoons (hopefully) bring May flowers." Since it's raining outside you may as well watch search engine video lectures, assuming you aren't completely under water.

Here are some of the best sources for search videos on the web.

SIMS 141: Search Engines: Technology, Society, and Business. The class lectures of Marti Hearst's UC Bekeley class from 2005. Great speakers including John Batelle, Sergey, and Jan Pedersen. A good mixture of technical content and business content.

Resarch Channel
- A great wealth of academic lectures available online. A good starting place can be found via the SIGIR Talks page.

VideoLectures.Net - A European site focused on computer science research videos (from conferences and workshops) with over 1,000 video lectures online. It is focused primarily on machine learning and the semantic web. As a starting point, many of the videos from The Future of Web Search workshop from last May hosted by Yahoo Research Barcelona have been posted.

Google Tech Talks - A series of internal lectures given at Google. The topics run the gambit from biofuels to computer security and programming languages. While most are not search focused, they are quite fascinating (and obvously for the technical and geeky audience).

The hard part is choosing what to watch.

That should be enough to keep you busy for at least 40 days and 40 nights, or at least until the spring floods subside.

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