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MS Libra Academic Search Engine May 19, 2009

Posted by Andre Vellino in CISTI, Citation, Data Mining, Search.

libra-logoMicrosoft Research Asia appears to have taken over where Microsoft Live Academic left off with Libra Academic Search.  Libra’s collection is limited to computer science (although, with 1.8M articles to data-mine, it appears to be quite comprehensive) it proves that one can do better than Google Scholar by implementing simple facets (Papers / Authors / Conferences / Journals / Communities) that cluster or order results according to different criteria.

I don’t think Libra is new (it appears to have started in April 2007) and it may be that no on is working on it actively any more – perhaps because CiteSeerX (also supported by Microsoft!) dominates the (limited) market.  But I hope it’s core features are not forgoten.


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