This paper covers the operation of web search engines, the development of web spam and techniques for combatting it, and social issues raised by centralised search engines.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify threats to the traditional means of knowledge development in the Web era.
- Critique policies and practices of web search engines.
- Explain how the web is organized.
- Discuss current digitization efforts for conventional books and libraries.
- Analyze social issues concerning web democracy and the control of information.
Three 300 level Computer Science papers, and either
COMP204 Object Oriented Program Design or
COMP242 Software Engineering Process
COMP442 Web Search: Technical and Social Issues
Witten, I.H., Gori, M. and Numerico, T. (2006) Web Dragons: Inside the Myths of Search Engine Technology, Morgan Kaufman, San Francisco.
Internal assessment/final examination ratio 1:0
Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class. You are responsible for all material covered in class.
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