Author: Dave Keet

Family Histories Bibliography

Tony Millett’s Bibliography of Published New Zealand Family Histories, one of the bibliographies included in the New Zealand Index database on Knowledge Basket, has recently been extended by the addition of about 650 records for older New Zealand family histories

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RNZ FTP server is down…

We are not receiving stories from Radio New Zealand at the moment. We have logged a fault call, and will update this post once we know more. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Reading Machines

What if there were a machine that could read vast amounts of text, “understand” it, and could then answer questions using the knowledge gained from reading? How could that affect libraries, and library and information professionals, and indeed New Zealand?

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Casual Search to be discontinued

We will cease to offer casual search access to Newztext, from 1st November 2014, and we are no longer accepting registrations for casual search. We regret that this service is no longer viable. For individual researchers, we suggest you use

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Stop words no more

We have upgraded the search engine, and taken the opportunity to remove all stop words. This means all words are searchable, including very common words like “the”. If you search the phrase – “count of all the shore birds” for

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Upgrade tonight

We are upgrading the search engine tonight, Friday 12th September from about 6:00pm. This includes a reindex to remove stop words. Users may experience some delays, and perhaps the search results will not reflect all possible hits. We suggest you

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Stop Words and Searching

Currently, (13 August 2014) common “stop words” are ignored by the Solr search engine. This sometimes lead to confusing or unexpected results from the users perspective. So, for example, if you were to do a search like “internet of things”

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No Fulltext – Newztext Plus

Some users have reported that they can retrieve no full text when searching Newztext – and more often, Newztext Plus. In fact, the full text is there as always, its just that when the user uses the default sort order

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Word stemmer change

We have changed the way in which word stems are implemented on all the databases. The default algorithm was much too aggressive, resulting in many more matches often on irrelevant words, thus favouring Recall over Precision. The stemmer now in

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Major upgrade progress

July 1 2014: 2pm Thank you to all our users for their patience and assistance – the upgrade is mostly complete, although there are a few small things being fixed or enhanced. Please do not hesitate to contact us if

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