I was lucky enough to go to ASIST this past week and went to many interesting discussions. One that stuck out and has ties to our recent lecture involved ‘genre’ in search. The panelists discussed the use of genre in search and whether or not it was valuable. There were many comments and much disagreement. The following is from the summary:
Work has included proposals for what constitutes a digital genre, the automatic and manual classification of documents by genre, users’ ability to recognize the shape of digital documents, the solicitation of users’ genre terms for digital documents (e.g., personal homepages or blogs), and users’ ability to recognize and agree on the genre of digital documents. Yet, no one has been able to show that retrieval by genre can be effectively implemented. Why not? What directions should research take to bring this seemingly intuitive concept to a working reality?
I am wondering what the rest of you think? Can genre searching be implemented and would it be useful?