Not a search engine but navigation routes within a research domain.
1/4 THE WEBSITE FEATURES :
(i) detailed scientific
profiles of CSS5 members including their skill sets along with links to
relevant resources, as well as
(ii) a variety of keyword and concept lists giving access to CSS5 members who are proficient in each specified skill.
2/4 USING THE NETWORK
- Select an entry which seems (even partly) appropriate for you and then navigate until you can display a competency.
- You can thereafter navigate from one competency to the other using the associated concepts (links in blue) at the bottom of the page.
- To go back, use the "backward" button of your browser.
This is the back to network's summary button
3/4 INFORMATION DISPLAY
Each member's scientific profile is displayed following the same pattern:
1. Research theme
2. Author and institution
3. The associated keywords with links for those shared between several members (unlinked keyword are hence specific to this profile)
4. The illustrations or media, such as websites, data portals, software, institutions, citations, etc. (see current list), that make up the actual information. Each is shown as a clickable button that matches its kind.
5. The last update time of the profile
6. A navigation suggestion proposed based on the most covered path of previous users (number of times this trail has been covered)
7. The CSS5 related navigation headings - these links provide access to the set of keywords of the corresponding type, then to related information.
8. At the bottom of the page clickable buttons with links to the main crossroads of the website.
4/4 NOTE ON THE APPLICATION
Navigation in the website : you can move from one information item to another by using any of the numerous "paths" available on the website. Various tables of contents help with navigation. As a result, one can thus nicely reach items of interest and navigate the network.
The underlying application (Centre d'Informations - CI) purpose is to articulate and display whatever type of knowledge available on a given field such as, here, the CSS5 members competencies.
Focused on parsimony for robustness the CI application is designed as a concept driven information network (figure). The website should not be regarded as a traditional search engine, but rather as various means of navigating within this competencies (information and concept) network.
Each piece of information is thoroughly and sparingly formalized (click on the figure for more information); the goal is not exhaustivity or information quantity, but rather information quality, to ensure the best possible articulation within the existing network (quality of the network). This may ensure subject diversity and, as a result, robust coverage of the field.
concept : Jean Le Fur, 1999