[technology taskforce] Fwd: ICANN Website - New 'Search' Beta Rollout

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 14:01:51 UTC 2014

Thanks Olivier,

Indeed, this looks to be a feature that the TTF can test and report back on
(probably after LA, however)

Dev Anand

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond <ocl at gih.com>

>  Dear TTF,
> I am forwarding the email below with permission from Laura Bengford and
> which explains the beta testing of a customized Google search, soon to be
> implemented on the ICANN Web site.
> Laura and her Team are looking for beta testers of the feature. You may
> need to have a log-in on the ICANN.ORG Web site so if you are interested
> in taking part, please email her.
> Also, perhaps the TTF could be looking at this feature during one of its
> future calls.
> Kindest regards,
> Olivier
> -------- Forwarded Message --------  Subject: ICANN Website - New
> 'Search' Beta Rollout  Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:44:44 +0000  From: Laura
> Bengford <laura.bengford at icann.org> <laura.bengford at icann.org>  To: Laura
> Bengford <laura.bengford at icann.org> <laura.bengford at icann.org>
>   Dear valued member of ICANN Community,
>  As you know with the launch of the new ICANN website, several attempts
> were made to improve the Search capabilities using a new engine, Elastic
> Search.  This was based on feedback from the community to improve search
> capabilities.   Elastic search relies on sophisticated algorithms and
> weightings to optimize search results based on document metadata tagged in
> our pages.  Due to the high volume of content (over 60,000 pages) on the
> site, this approach uncovered some missing data that resulted in Search not
> being as effective as we would have liked. We have therefore concluded that
> our best approach at this time is to revert back to the Google Search API
> on the website.
>  You can read further about the Search background  and technology in the
> paper that has been previously shared with the community digital advisory
> group.
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wB-jvXklBUErVmoAZ-MB7f66ApZag-vefECAbpbaK6k/edit
>  *We wanted you to be the first to preview the Search as part of a
> planned Beta.  Over the next few weeks, we will gradually widen the rollout
> which will allow us to gather additional feedback.  Please feel free to
> send us any feedback that you think may be useful in the Feedback channel
> on the website or to laura.bengford at icann.org <laura.bengford at icann.org>.*
>  You will also notice a slight difference in the appearance of Search as
> we have moved it to the top of the screen in the blue bar and included a
> white box to make it more visible.  This was also a result of feedback from
> the community.
>  We know how important "search" is to using ICANN.org <http://icann.org/> and
> for the community to do it's work, and we apologize for any inconvenience
> as we try and find the best path forward. Thank you for your feedback.
>  Thank you,
> ICANN Online Community Services
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