Benefits of Web Search
There are several reasons why a Search Appliance makes more sense for the University than to funnel all of our local searches through google.com. Here are a few:
- A local Search Appliance allows us to index content from affiliate websites outside the umn.edu domain, such as gophersports.com.
- Web visitors will get better search results. We can define keyword matches to suggest Web pages that are likely to provide information being sought. For instance, the Twin Cities campus uses the term "residence halls" for on-campus housing, while many people would instead search for "dorms". With a keymatch we could provide a link to Housing & Residential Life above the results for such a search.
- We can filter out unnecessary content. For example, it is not necessary to index both a news article and its "print" version; likewise, we would not want to index blank comment forms for every blog entry because these do not provide meaningful search results.