Stanford University Launches xSearch, a Multidisciplinary Search Tool Based on Deep Web Technologies’ Software
SANTA FE, N.M., March 18, 2010 — Developed in collaboration between the Stanford University Libraries and Deep Web Technologies, xSearch provides Stanford students and researchers with a single search option for multiple online resources. Searches may be limited to specific databases, or all available resources may be searched simultaneously. Search results are merged into one relevance-ranked list, and are clustered by topic, author, publication, publisher, and date.
While Deep Web Technologies offers ready-to-deploy solutions to universities and other organizations, the company worked closely with Stanford to provide functionality that Stanford would not have found in any “out-of-the-box” solution, such as integration with their authentication and LDAP services. In addition to the custom integration work, Deep Web Technologies’ Explorit provides advanced features such as email alerts in order to be notified of new items that match search criteria, incremental results for quick results and custom search pages which allow students and professors to quickly and easily build their own federated search applications that search just the sources they need.
The initial xSearch launch includes 28 sources that contain links to journal articles, patent citations, conference proceedings, ebooks, and even a directory of grant funds. More online resources may be added in the future.
Grace Baysinger, Head Librarian and Bibliographer of Stanford’s Swain Library of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, worked closely with Deep Web Technologies and is pleased with the result. “Working with Deep Web Technologies has provided us with a technical solution that greatly advances our ability to support multi-disciplinary research by the Stanford community. That solution is fast, easy to use, and lets us simultaneously search a number of important resources.”
Abe Lederman, President and CTO of Deep Web Technologies, commented on his involvement in the partnership. “We’re delighted to have worked so closely with Stanford to bring federated search to their students and staff. Stanford had a number of unique requirements that couldn’t have been met with other search systems. The combination of our flexible and powerful technology and great attention to detail on both sides has led to a very successful deployment. And, of course, we are grateful to be partnering with a school as prestigious as Stanford University.”
Deep Web Technologies and Stanford library staff developed xSearch user aids as part of this launch, including a PDF Quick Guide and Power Point tutorial available athttps://lib.stanford.edu/xsearch/help. xSearch is available to the Stanford University community athttps://deepweb.stanford.edu/search/.
About Stanford University
Stanford is recognized as one of the world’s leading universities. Established more than a century ago by founders Jane and Leland Stanford, the university was designed, as clearly stated in the Founding Grant, to prepare students “for personal success and direct usefulness in life” and “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” Today Stanford University remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students to become the next generation of leaders.
Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) supports Stanford’s mission of teaching, learning and research by making information and knowledge accessible and preserving it for the future. The libraries have amassed collections of books, journals, scores and printed reference works numbering more than 8.5 million volumes. There are nearly 1.5 million audiovisual materials, more than 75,000 serials, hundreds of subscribed databases, terabytes of digital resources and nearly 6 million microform holdings.
About Deep Web Technologies
Deep Web Technologies creates custom, sophisticated federated search solutions for clients who demand precise, accurate results. The tool of choice when needing to access the deep web, federated search performs real-time, parallel searches of multiple information sources, merging the results into one page.
Serving Fortune 500 companies, the Science.gov Alliance, the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the U.S. Dept. of Defense, Scitopia.org, Stanford University, the WorldWideScience and a variety of other customers and partners, Deep Web Technologies has built a reputation as the “researcher’s choice” for its advanced, agile information discovery tools.
Andrew C. Herkovic
Stanford University Libraries