Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106406
Title:
Multiple Presents: How Search Engines Re-write the Past
Author:
Hellsten, Iina; Leydesdorff, Loet; Wouters, Paul
Citation:
Multiple Presents: How Search Engines Re-write the Past 2006,
Issue Date:
2006
Description:
New Media & Society, 8(6), 2006 (forthcoming).
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106406
Submitted date:
2006-09-22
Abstract:
To be published in New Media & Society, 8(6), 2006 (forthcoming). Abstract: Internet search engines function in a present which changes continuously. The search engines update their indices regularly, overwriting Web pages with newer ones, adding new pages to the index, and losing older ones. Some search engines can be used to search for information at the internet for specific periods of time. However, these â date stampsâ are not determined by the first occurrence of the pages in the Web, but by the last date at which a page was updated or a new page was added, and the search engineâ s crawler updated this change in the database. This has major implications for the use of search engines in scholarly research as well as theoretical implications for the conceptions of time and temporality. We examine the interplay between the different updating frequencies by using AltaVista and Google for searches at different moments of time. Both the retrieval of the results and the structure of the retrieved information erodes over time.
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
World Wide Web; Information Retrieval; Informetrics; Science Technology Studies
Local subject classification:
Search engines; Internet; Time; Temporality

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHellsten, Iinaen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeydesdorff, Loeten_US
dc.contributor.authorWouters, Paulen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-09-22T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:45:55Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-09-22en_US
dc.identifier.citationMultiple Presents: How Search Engines Re-write the Past 2006,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106406-
dc.descriptionNew Media & Society, 8(6), 2006 (forthcoming).en_US
dc.description.abstractTo be published in New Media & Society, 8(6), 2006 (forthcoming). Abstract: Internet search engines function in a present which changes continuously. The search engines update their indices regularly, overwriting Web pages with newer ones, adding new pages to the index, and losing older ones. Some search engines can be used to search for information at the internet for specific periods of time. However, these â date stampsâ are not determined by the first occurrence of the pages in the Web, but by the last date at which a page was updated or a new page was added, and the search engineâ s crawler updated this change in the database. This has major implications for the use of search engines in scholarly research as well as theoretical implications for the conceptions of time and temporality. We examine the interplay between the different updating frequencies by using AltaVista and Google for searches at different moments of time. Both the retrieval of the results and the structure of the retrieved information erodes over time.en_US
dc.format.mimetypehtmen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectWorld Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectInformation Retrievalen_US
dc.subjectInformetricsen_US
dc.subjectScience Technology Studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherSearch enginesen_US
dc.subject.otherInterneten_US
dc.subject.otherTimeen_US
dc.subject.otherTemporalityen_US
dc.titleMultiple Presents: How Search Engines Re-write the Pasten_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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