In Search of the Best Search
A close second to hearing our customers rave about us is having a blogger rave about our public portals. It’s like gathering around a warm fireplace while a terrific snow storm rages outside, a scene many of us are familiar with on these cold, winter days. When we ran across Bev Butula’s blog post on the Wisconsin Law Journal website “In Search of the Best Search”, our cheeks got a little rosier.
Bev suggests a handful of public, alternative search engines for legal research for when “Google is not immediately producing the best results.” Indeed, with Google only retrieving about .03% of the information on the internet (the Shallow Web), you have to wonder if you ever really find the best results. Easy, yes, but Best?
For some background, Deep Web Technologies has developed several public federated search portals to help educate others about the Deep Web (no, it’s not all Dark) as well as to show potential customers an example of what we can do. Some of our customers have developed their own public search portals to distribute the staggering amount of information they have in their silos from a simple, easy-to-use interface. While 99% of our applications are inaccessible to the public, we’re happy to claim our public “superstars.”
Of the 5 alternative search engines Bev listed, Deep Web Technologies is proud to be the technology behind 2 of them:
- Science.gov – a federated search application hosted by OSTI that includes documents and information from federal websites.
- Mednar.com – a medical research application that searches for full text on 60 sources.
There are, however, a few applications that Bev may not know about that offer the same “deep web” technology that might benefit her readers:
- Environar.com – a deep web portal for research on Energy and the Environment.
- National Library of Energy – the DOE’s National Resource for Energy Literacy, Innovation and Security.
- Biznar.com – a federated search portal that aggregates social networks, financial sources, government sources, and news for business researchers.
A big thank you to Bev Butula for pointing out that we are not crippled when Google doesn’t give us what we want. We just need to look deeper.