Year: 2014

Fairfax feed problem

Fairfax had a problem with their feed to The Knowledge Basket.  As a result we haven’t received any new articles since 16 October.  They expect this problem to be fixed by tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.  All the articles published by Fairfax

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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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New Sources in New Zealand Index…

The Waikato Regional News Index, and The New Zealand National Bibliography are now searchable in NZ Index. Thanks to Hamilton City Libraries for their great resource of 4,000+ records. National Library’s Publications New Zealand records – publications from or about

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