There are aÂ great number of elaborate interfaces for searching databases, repositories and search indexes……………. that is forÂ anyone with enough determination to figure out how to use them. Google, of all search engines, surely has the greatest expertise around in developing search interfacesÂ and yet they emphasise, more than anyone else, the power of the ’single box’ search interface. It is asÂ unscholarly as it gets – totally undefined and uncontrolled. It is an “anything/everything” search, what you type in can be anything in any category in any context. I think the joint text/substructure interface should be made with this in mind. By introducing too much “organisation” in the form of e.g. categories, searches for specific data types, etc. we could lose the dynamic nature that is embodied in the full text search index.
That is not to say there won’t beÂ LOTS ofÂ advanced search features, there will, it is just that my feeling is they should be built to filter results from the full text index as opposed to organising/standardising (i.e. losing)Â dataÂ from the index prior to releasing itÂ for searching. Standardised, definedÂ and organised data in boxesÂ looks wonderful and scholarly, butÂ chaotic full text searchÂ indexes areÂ more useful.Stumble it!