FAST – Solutions – Search – FAST Unity

Picked this up from http://www.fastsearch.com. Interesting

FAST Unity

FAST Unity is a search federation service that lets users search a number of different sources with a single query, allowing you to provide a more comprehensive search experience to drive loyalty or enhance productivity.

You want a single point of access to dozens of different content sources, only some of which you may own. How can your users search these different sources and receive relevant results with a single query?

FAST Unity makes one-stop search a reality. It takes a search query and sends it to other search engines across the Web or inside your enterprise, receives the responses, and presents them to the user as a unified, relevant, complete result set.

With FAST Unity on board, you can provide a richer, more comprehensive search experience without indexing every content source. More importantly, your users will save time and be more satisfied with their search results.

FAST Unity provides the following capabilities:

* Federates search queries against multiple content sources and presents a single result set.

* Saves storage space and cost by eliminating the need to index all content sources.

* Quickly adds new sources using a flexible framework.

* Presents results as they arrive – not after the last data source has been searched.

* Blends FAST and non-FAST applications using built-in mixing techniques.

via FAST – Solutions – Search – FAST Unity.

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PRmetrics searching social media

PRmetrics is another search engine that returns results from various social media networks.

Looks like they cover Flickr, Webvideo, Twitter, various blogs, slideshare.

Not sure this is very relevant to researchers but who knows

Search Results improved

You always wonder if the searches you run on say Google or any other search engine are finding you everything you want to know. So you get 1000s of results and you skim through maybe the first page results set. Does it really cover what you meant to look for on without distracting you and taking you in another direction?

In my last post i talked about Hakia.The results are presented in a categorized format so there are more chances that i might find something that I had originally intended to look for instead of getting lost in pages of results.

Check out these other sites (and i thank my colleague Jud for pointing them out to me) –

Kosmix : Looks like they approach each search as topic.  When you get to the search results page they seem to pull information from various sources, categorize them like News, Web Search results (from Google), related topics, Media (images, audio, video), Discussions, blogs, references and so on and so forth.

Evri : Very similar. I like how they show you connections from what you searched for and map it to relevant other topic or recent topic on that search term

Yahoo Glue : Another very similar concept. Its another topic page – “all you need, all in one place” is what they say.

I like how they enable users to find information that they intended to look for or perhaps find things they were not looking for but are more relevant to what they wanted to find.

Of course these all appear to be concepts and we have to see how users react to them/use them.

Hakia for semantic search

Read this article on how semantic search engines are returning better results based on “meaning match”

I checked out the search engine they reference – Hakia. I tried out some basic searches and like how the results are all well organized so i can find what i want based on the context of my search. Of course this is just early experimentation but i assume researchers will find this very helpful