I'm busy researching TCO for how-to guide and I keep bumping into very interesting, but non-related articles and resources. So, gotta take a minute or two to capture the concept of the Deep Web, particularly as someone who is on the hunt for good resources - and not just North Americancentric ones.
I also want to ponder the concept of the deep web and whether or not Web 2.0 is deep - or just shallow, disjointed, and random. It gets back to the Trees versus Leaves. And, also reflecting on my recent foray into helping my son with his "planet" homework doing Internet research.
I found this article on the Deep Web at my once all-time favorite web site, From Now On by educational technologist Jamie McKenzie, whose work I've been reading for the past dozen years or so. Here's the intro on why the Deep Internet is important:
Despite the ease of locating information on the Internet, the value of that information is often suspect. Much of what we find with search engines may be unreliable, untruthful or irrelevant. Schools must teach young ones how and where to cast their nets in order to realize a rich information catch. If we aim for research that probes beyond the obvious, avoids superficialities and reaches for deeper insights, we must coach students on the fine art of locating good sources.
(Remember now that blog entries seem to appear at the top of Google ...)
The Deep Internet refers to, according to McKenzie, "partially hidden sites that offer rich digital collections. They are virtually hidden from the general crowd of Internet users because their contents are not subject to search and indexing by the major search engines. They block the "spider" programs sent out by these search engines to find and catalogue the contents of sites around the globe. They are databases that must be searched by query at their own site." He goes on to recommend Noodle Tools to help navigate deep Web internet resources.
Noodle Tools also has a "search strategy" tool that helps you figure out how and where to search for information. It's designed for young kids doing homework.