Month: December 2015
The types and numbers of events in the world is truly vast — there are many millions of events, large and small, professional and amateur, paid and free, business and consumer. This fragmented, transitory world is nearly impossible to keep track of and to nail down. There are some wonderful events-oriented sites that do a good job of cataloging some small subset of the world’s events, but they’re not really good enough to cover all of the possible variations.
We decided that a simple search engine is a good start on getting to the events that matter to you, and the best of them is Google. Under a theory that less is more, we’ve intentionally narrowed our search to just events. This means that your search for “Billy Joel” or “Drones” or “Dental Implants” will not produce articles, reviews, Wikipedia entries, blog posts, Twitter feeds or anything else that you don’t want. It will produce only Events related to your search.
It is a thing that happens in public — a conference, a trade show, a convention, a concert, a play, a movie, a game or match, a lecture, an exhibition, a parade, a show, a ceremony … That pretty much squares with what you thought it might be, right?
It’s also whatever a webmaster thinks is an event. We say this because we are especially targeting those web pages that the webmaster has described as an “Event” in a web taxonomy known as “Schema.org.” Here is what Google, Bing, Yahoo and Yandex think an event is comprised of:
SirChear uses Google’s Custom Search engine to target especially those sites that have Schema markup or other kinds of structured data. This means that it has a very strong bias toward showing those sites that have been declared events by their own webmasters. They worked hard to do this, so we’re confident that they really are events, and not media, products, companies or other kinds of things that exist on the web.
Notice that your search results include a couple of interesting little doo-dads. First, there is a set of tabs just before the search results. They look like this:
This allows you to focus in on results from specific sites. As we grow the SirChear site, new “refinements” like these will be included. This should hopefully help you zoom in on results that are best suited to your needs.
In addition, we allow for certain sorting options:
Honestly, we’re not sure how useful this is to you, so we will experiment with a variety of different approaches (which will undoubtedly make this short description out-of-date).
At SirChear, we’re not the only ones interested in specialized search and a tight focus on a topic area. Here are a few keepers off the usual beaten track.
Zanran is Google for data. It helps you to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page.
Addictomatic searches the best live sites on the web for the latest news, blog posts, videos and images. It’s the perfect tool to keep up with the hottest topics, perform ego searches and feed your addiction for what’s up, what’s now or what other people are feeding on. After you search, you can personalize your results dashboard by moving around the source boxes, then bookmark and return later for updated results.
FindSounds.com is a free site for finding sound effects on the Web. It is a Web search engine, like Google and Yahoo, but with a focus on sounds. It provides powerful features, yet is simple and easy to use, and suitable for all ages.
Radio-Locator.com is a search engine for finding radio stations in the United States and around the world. They provide links to over 15,000 radio stations’ websites, and over 10,100 stations’ live Internet audio streams. A unique search algorithm finds all the radio stations that can be heard at a specific geographic location and takes into account each radio station’s transmitter power, antenna height, frequency, and antenna pattern, as well as the topography and geology of the surrounding area.
Shodan searches for devices that are connected to the Internet – aka, the Internet of Things — where they are located and who is using them. Systems including traffic lights, security cameras, home heating systems as well as control systems for water parks, gas stations, water plants, and power grids, can be found using Shodan.
Though a general search engine, we also wanted to shout out to WebCrawler, searching the Web since 1994.
And there are literally hundreds more at the Wikipedia page for search engines. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_search_engines#Semantic