June 14th, 2006

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GCN article on Enterprise Search

A sharp eye for details: Enterprise search systems must scour more than ever before Government Computer News, May 22, 2006 by S. Michael Gallagher

Describes some of the specific demands of government business processes, and how some features such as video search are being incorporated into enterprise search by companies like FAST. Divides search into four categories: departmental; general-purpose enterprise search; customizable specialized search; and document management systems with search. Describes federated search from OpenText and Documentum, Vivisimo as well as Google's Search Appliance OneBox technology. In contrast, EasyAsk emphasizes multiple query and navigation depending on the data. The article also describes the value of entity extraction and taxonomy to improve search results.

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Information Week article on Enterprise Search

Search Moves Well Beyond Google Information Week, June 12, 2006 by Thomas Claburn

Describes how FirstGov has switched to a combination of MSN Search and Vivisimo Search and Clustering, which now brings back results from local jurisdictions as well as the federal government. The administrator in charge likes the clustered category links. Mentions Google Search Appliance market share, and Autonomy's powerful but complex features. One search administrator points out the need to invest resources to make best use of search systems.

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Vivisimo Enterprise Search Suite

Vivisimo Search, Clustering and MetaSearch Engines - new report

The Velocity search engine can crawl and index web sites, local file servers, Lotus Notes and relational databases (using XML). It supports HTML, PDF, and the usual office file formats, and European, Arabic and Asian languages. It takes advantage of available metadata and provides multi-level access control, simple and advanced search, and browser-based administration.

The Content Integration engine sends queries to Velocity and other search engines, either using their formal federation interface or as an HTTP request, and integrates the results.

The Clustering engine processes results from the Velocity search engine and/or the Content Integration engine, and creates on-the-fly clusters in named folders based on the search results.
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