Don't like your Google Search Interface? Make your Own!
AIM7 Applications, Integration and Mobile
Location: Pavilion Ballroom East
TUESDAY, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
If you use a Google Search Appliance (GSA) or the Google Custom Search Engine (GCSE) sometimes you can find it limiting to have it not well integrated with your web site. Both of these tools have an XML API that will allow you to build your own front-end and still leverage their power. Search can even be integrated into your 404 (Page Not Found) handling, so when an old URL doesn't work, it gets used as the basis of an automated search! Old URL is reported as bad to search engines, while user sees the most likely pages that replaced it. Everybody wins!
C. Daniel Chase
Lead Web Administrator, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Dan Chase is responsible for the management of the OU Campus content management system (CMS) recently deployed for the UTC main website. Chase originally came to UTC for his undergraduate degree in 1993, and after being introduced to the Internet by Dr. Eric Lane, one of his physics professors, he got seriously distracted! In 2000, he wrote the job description for the campus' first webmaster position in University Relations and stepped into that role. At the time he was a 'one man shop', managing all parts of the web site from hardware to web server. Today, he is the man-in-the-middle, managing the CMS and arranging training for 300+ users, as well as the web server architecture. Still Dan-of-all-trades, he gets his fingers in everything.