Thursday, October 21, 2004

Refining Enterprise Search

Computerworld Refining enterprise search: "Refining enterprise search
Richard Gincel, InfoWorld
21/10/2004 15:37:17
Anyone who has been transfixed by a gymnast or a figure skater knows that the magic happens when they perform flawlessly and yet make it seem easy. That's how a search should work: Enter a query, and the right results appear in simple, elegant fashion -- even if it took countless hours of preparation to make the magic possible.
Yet most enterprise users still stumble as they try to extract data from multiple repositories, each with its own search engine. Enterprises seem awash in a rising tide of structured and unstructured data. And even though users are often forced to tag documents manually across various content management systems in hopes that those documents will be easier to retrieve, searches still yield a surfeit of irrelevant, time-wasting results.
ESPs (enterprise search platforms) are on a mission to change all that. These new, comprehensive bundles of search and integration technologies unlock information tucked away in data stores across the enterprise. The goal of ESPs is deceptively simple: to take fairly simple queries and return the most relevant results possible, all in one place. But under the hood, ESPs aggregate a host of emerging technologies such as autocategorization, entity extraction, and NLP (natural language processing). With an ESP as a foundation, businesses can build customized search applications while automating the process of preparing documents for archiving and indexing.
'The building blocks are converging so that you don't have to cobble together all the pieces yourself,' observes Susan Feldman, vice president of content technology research at IDC. These advanced search platforms establish sophisticated gateways to silos of information -- e"

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Google Launches Desktop Search

Google Announces Desktop SearchGoogle Desktop Search for Email, Files, Web History, and Instant Message Chats MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 14, 2004 - Google Inc. today announced a beta desktop search application that enables users to search their email, files, web history, and chats. Called Google Desktop Search, this new application makes it possible for users to find information on their computers as fast and easily as they can search the web with Google."Google Desktop Search brings the power of Google to your personal information on your own computer. As easily as searching Google, you can instantly search your files, local email, the web pages you have seen, and more," said Larry Page, Google's co-founder and president of products." It's free, installs quickly, and keeps completely up to date. Google Desktop Search represents a quantum leap in access to your own information."Google Desktop Search is a lightweight, free, downloadable application that brings Google search to information on your computer. The application operates locally on the user's computer, where it provides the following capabilities:- Find email, files and more. Users can search across their email and a wide range of files and information such as email in Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express; files in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and text; website history in Internet Explorer; and instant message chats in AOL Instant Messenger. - Searches fast like Google. can search billions of web pages in a fraction of a second. Google Desktop Search is built with the same technology, and it can search a single hard drive in even less time. - Easy access to desktop results via Search. Google Desktop Search enables users to search both their computer and the web simultaneously. When users search through (either from the homepage or the Google Toolbar), Google Desktop Search runs the same search in parallel on the user's computer. If Google Desktop Search finds relevant results, those results are added to the search results page. This means, users don't need to decide before they search whether to search the web or their computer. From a single start point, they get both. - Fresh, dynamic results. Unlike traditional computer search software that updates once a day, Google Desktop Search updates continuously for most file types. When a user downloads a new email in Outlook, for example, it can be found within seconds using Google Desktop Search. As with all Google products, Google Desktop Search is designed from the ground up to respect user privacy. When a user chooses to search simultaneously across his or her computer and, the computer's content is not made accessible to Google, or to anyone else, without the user's express permission. Users can select what information they want to have searched, and easily remove information whenever they want.Google Desktop Search is available at
It is currently available for Windows XP and Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and above. It requires a minimum of 128MB of RAM, and a 400MHz (or faster) Pentium processor is recommended. Google Desktop Search is available in English today and there are plans to make it available in other languages. Search Champ

Bottom Line: The Google Desktop Search product is an outstanding way to index a persons emails, files, photos, web pages, and IM. Productivity will increase with the use of Google Desktop Search and the price is right. Integration with the Google Search Appliance will offer organizations even greater productivity gains. Now, what are we going to do with all of the free time that we will have now that we can find things on our desktop?

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Vivismo launches Clusty

Clusty: "Viv�simo Launches - Unique New Search Site Brings the Power of Clustering to Web Search, Shopping, People Finding, Wikipedia and More

Vivisimo Technology Untangles the Web by Grouping Results into Simple Folder Topics to Let Users Search Faster and Find More

Viv�simo , the leading provider of intelligent clustering and meta-search software for organizing search results, today unveiled, the first full-service search site powered completely by breakthrough clustering technology. Instead of simply presenting long lists of results, groups search results into folder topics, giving users a quick overview of the main themes in the results and letting them focus on topics of interest. Designed to relieve consumers of information overload and provide easy access to information that is usually overlooked with current search engines, Clusty� changes forever how consumers do general Web searches as well as shopping, blogs, gossip, images, Wikipedia and people searches.

Built in response to the popularity of a demo search box on Vivisimo�s corporate Web site, Clusty takes search to a new level, with dedicated search tools for the most popular search activities and the first-ever customized search tab. Visitors can now undertake basic Web searches and see, in one glance, up to 250 search results organized around the main topics. For example, a search on �Walt Disney� brings back Clusty folders on Walt Disney World, Collectables, History, DVD, Biography, Walt Disney Pictures, and so on. Folders can be expanded with a click to view additional subtopics. "

Monday, October 11, 2004

Cleveland Press Toolbar

Cleveland Press Toolbar: "Download the Cleveland Press toolbar to get organized search results from many of the top search engines including Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Clusty. It's simple to install, it's free to use, and the News, Sports, Weather and Traffic will keep you informed. "