Stanford’s Excellent xSearch
Yesterday I read Grace Baysinger’s post on Stanford University’s new xSearch – Multidisciplinary Search Tool which uses the Deep Web Technologies Federated Search, and I need to say that I’m thrilled! Our product offers features that Stanford wouldn’t have found in one package elsewhere. For example, we coordinated with their IT department to integrate federated search directly with their WebAuth and LDAP servers – a powerful way for users to authenticate automatically to secure web pages and applications. We also integrated our Search builder tool into xSearch so that an unlimited number of unique search engines can be created for courses or individuals. Grace mentioned this capability in her article, referencing Stanford’s accessibility to these specially created search engines:
Create Your Own Search Cluster
It is possible to create your own custom search engine by choosing among the resources available in xSearch. The saved cluster of sources is accessible later in three different ways:
- Through the xSearch interface after logging in,
- As a link that you can bookmark or include on a Web page, and
- As an embedded search box that you can include on a Web page.
Working with Stanford was a unique experience. They were a great team! I look forward to our continuing relationship as we unveil new functionality and continue to refine our product to Stanford’s specifications.