March 28th, 2002

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Product Report: KSearch

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

KSearch

Product Information

Platform: Perl version 5.003 or higher and : Unix: Linux, Solaris; Windows NT, 2000
Price: $75

Features

  • Indexes files in local server directories, can exclude unwanted paths
  • Index size approximately the same as original text
  • Can handle web sites with thousands of pages
  • Indexes PDF files on Unix only, using Xpdf
  • Can store index in DB_file
  • Logs indexing process
  • Configurable stopwords list and frequent-word exclusion
  • Can set recommended documents for specific searches
  • Optional case sensitivity in search
  • Recognizes Internet query operators + for required term and - for unwanted term
  • Can search by field: title, metadata, url, links, alt-text
  • Sort results by relevance, modification date, file size, title, or file name.
  • Results page default highlights search term matches
  • Can show search term matches in context
  • Results pages customizable

Articles & Reviews

Examples

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Product Report: SharePoint (Microsoft Tahoe)

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SharePoint (Microsoft Tahoe)

Product Information

Technical Information (high-level documentation explaining how to send queries, etc.)

Platform: Windows 2000 Server or Advanced Server
Price: reportedly $3995 per server plus $72 per user (volume discounts available)

Features

  • Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) with a search engine
  • indexes file servers, Web sites, Lotus Notes servers, email archives from Microsoft Exchange Public Folders
  • adaptive and incremental crawling to keep contents current
  • integrated document management
  • uses probabilistic ranking in results
  • a "Best Bets" feature emphasizes the most-frequently-linked documents, recommendations for special search queries
  • thesaurus for storing term synonyms
  • "subscriptions" to search query notify users when there is new information
  • automatically classifies content into pre-defined topical category hierarchies (see the SearchTools Report on Classification for background on this)
  • default file format compatibility with HTML, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, IFilter interface lets programmers write modules to read additional data types
  • Search engine and classification algorithms based on work from Microsoft Research
  • Training: Microsoft SharePoint Training Page

Articles & Reviews

  • Explore SharePoint Portal Server [paid access only]DevX, April 4, 2001 by Pete Nash
    Provides an overview of SharePoint, concentrating on the advantages of indexing data without copying locally, customization and administrator control. Short description of searching on page 3.

  • Microsoft readies knowledge-management server for shipment Network World, March 28, 2001 by John Fontana
    Short description of SharePoint, with a mention of the Search engine developed by Microsoft Research -- it's said to be similar to that in SQL Server 7.0 with probabilistic search, and an adaptive crawling algorithm that tracks quickly-changing data.

  • SharePoint Portal Server 2000 InternetWorld March 15, 2001 by Jacques Surveyer
    Describes the technologies and standards used in SharePoint within the context of the .Net initiative, and particularly its integration with Microsoft Exchange.

  • Microsoft's Tahoe is "too lightweight" Computing, January 11, 2001 by Andy McCue
    Quotes industry analysts as criticizing Tahoe (SharePoint) as too lightweight for large-scale enterprise users, designed to work with a single Exchange server. They point to the "Yukon" SQL Server, currently under development, as a more scalable long-term solution and recommend that users should not spend too many resources on Tahoe development.


  • Microsoft Readies Portal Server Network World, January 9, 2001 by John Fontana
    Describes announcement and criticism from analysts who claim the product overlaps Microsoft offerings. Compares it to Lotus Raven.


  • First Look: Microsoft Tahoe: Document Management and Much More Microsoft Office & Visual Basic for Applications Developer, December, 2000 by Tom Rizzo
    Microsoft product manager provides some details on the search and indexing, including information on query caching and subscriptions and adding relevance weight within query commands.

Examples

  • AIT Demo (SharePoint systems integrator)
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Product Space: WebSONAR (Virginia Systems)

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WebSONAR (Virginia Systems)

Product Information

Price: $495 for personal version, Pro $995, additional users $200 each, site license $25,000
Platforms: Mac 68K, Mac PPC, Mac OS X

Examples

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XYZFind

This is an off-site copy of the corresponding Product report page on the SearchTools.com website, and it is designed to allow you to comment on the product and/or the reporting. For more information about the topic of search and tools visit SearchTools.com where you can browse many articles, in-depth analysis and overviews of external resources.

XYZFind

Product Information

March 27, 2002: Interwoven announces acquisition of this company.

Platform: APIs in C++ and Java for Unix (Linux, Solaris), Windows (NT, 2000)
Price: contact company

Features

  • Builds a searchable database of all data from all XML documents, indexing values, numbers, structural names, namespaces, and content.
  • Does not require any information about XML schemas
  • Performs keyword and Boolean search across all XML documents in index
  • Allows structured searching for specific data elements
  • Performs number-range searching.
  • Can show partial documents in results list
  • Integrates with utilities which convert relational dabases such as Oracle, Microsoft and Informix.