WorldWideScience.org: A 2014 Makeover

WorldWideScience.org lets users search for science around the world in a matter of seconds.  First deployed in 2008, this transformational technology unearths content that under normal circumstances would remain only available to users searching a database specifically.  And if that’s not enough, scientists and researchers can search in their own language for cutting-edge information from other countries and have it translated back into their own language.  Of course, WorldWideScience.org uses the Explorit Everywhere! Multilingual search feature by Deep Web Technologies.

Now, after 6 years of fabulous press and high useage, OSTI has decided to shake things up.  They are making WorldWideScience.org BETTER.  Eh?  How’s that, you say?

I feel blue…
When an organization able to make a bright purple look authoritative says it’s time to make a World Wide Science   Main View   Search Results for Full Text  climate changechange, we listen. WorldWideScience.org now sports a progressive, modern look reflective of the digital age. It’s an impressive new look and feel.

My country tis of thee…
For researchers looking for results from a specific country, or to explore and discover results by country, we have good news!  WorldWideScience.org now has a country cluster, grouping results from specific countries for easier viewing.

Hello, Salut, Hola and Hallo
Using our new Explorit Everywhere! Multilingual architecture, the updated language search and translation of WorldWideScience.org is faster and more thorough than before.  Users simply select their query language from the 10 language options and search!

The folks at OSTI have more up their sleeve, so don’t be surprised if you hear more good news in the coming months!

 

Google Part 2: Don’t Risk the Google Hazard

Google: The World’s Greatest Marketing Company

Google has completely changed the way most of the civilized world gets its information. Most know that Google wasn’t the first, but thanks toGoogleAnswers their effective branding, few realize that Google isn’t the best. For a long time, I’ve made the claim that Google will not be remembered as the greatest technology company of all time, but the greatest marketing company. The name Google was inspired by the term “googal”, which means the number 1 followed by 100 zeros, and was intended to refer to the number of results that are returned with each search. However, this philosophy is diametrically opposed to first 30 years of online information retrieval, when librarians were trained to create search queries that were very specific, so that only a few search results would be returned. If too many results were delivered, librarians considered it a bad search, because the large set of results were too difficult to manage. Effective research was about accuracy, not quantity.  Like Heinz, which turned a huge problem, i.e. the ketchup wouldn’t come out of the bottle, into a marketing success, Google has convinced the world that large numbers of search results are a good thing. But the fact is when it comes to search, more is not better. Google is a victim of its own success. As more and more content pours into the Google index, search results are as diverse as they are voluminous.

Make no mistake, Google’s search technology is significantly improved, but the problem is that its index is growing at a rate of 100% per year. It’s too broad, covers too many subject areas, and it is too dependent on the most popular links.  This is because Google is intended to be all things to all people.  If I want to see the menu  of a Chinese restaurant , or the show times for a movie, or the hours of operation of my nearest Target, or the phone number of my optometrist, there is nothing better than Google. But if you want to do serious research, whether it’s chemical engineering or art history, Google should never be your first choice. Unfortunately, Google has become the first choice for many professionals. While hospitals spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on peer reviewed medical information, 83% of physicians go to Google first to do medical research.  While academic libraries spend tens of thousands on the finest collections of digital content, students choose Google as their first and only source of information for research.

Deep Web Technologies has spent the past 15 years aggregating content in real time, in specific subject areas, so that users could find the information they need quickly and effectively. We enable users to simultaneously search hundreds of content repositories specifically related to their subject discipline, delivering the most relevant results from the latest publications. So, when veterinarians are researching jaguars, their result sets don’t include articles about automobiles or football teams.  With Deep Web Tech, in addition to getting only relevant information, users get the most current information that has been published. DWT’s search technology does not require indexing, as our technology accesses the original source of the content. As soon as it is published, it is accessible to DWT customers. Just as important is the access to multiple sources from a single interface, which enables articles from other sources of content to be compared, side by side, without jumping from one site to another.

Google has become the most popular search engine in the world. But popularity doesn’t always translate into quality, just take a look at prime time television.

 

FEDLINK Librarians – Federated Search is at Your Door

If you’re a FEDLINK librarian, you probably know Science.gov.  Perhaps you’re familiar with WorldWideScience.org, the E-Print Network or National Library of Energy.  What you may not know is that the technology behind all of those searches is yours truly, Deep Web Technologies.

AFRL Screenshot

Here is an example of our newest federal government library at Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland AFB.

DWT just made it a whole lot easier for FEDLINK libraries to provide a single search box for their patrons to access their subscription databases. Through FEDLINK, federal libraries can purchase DWT’s next generation Explorit Everywhere! federated search at a reduced price, bringing top-notch, intuitive features directly to their users.  With a focus on accessibility, ranking and speedy return of results, librarians can watch the queries roll in through our statistics module, or simply download metrics every month to show a successful ROI.

Ready to get started?  Check out our page on the Federal Library & Information Network Contracting/Vendor Products & Services pages.  We welcome your library to our “State of the Search”.

Another Happy Customer – New York Law Institute

Happy customers? That’s our specialty. Here is one: the oldest circulating law library in New York City, the New York Law Institute New York Law Institute
(NYLI).

In April, NYLI deployed their new, customized federated search to consolidate their holdings into a single search. Members can take the law…erm…search into their own hands by logging in from the NYLI home page to search both print and online resources.

We wanted to create a Google-like experience for our members. We realize that time is of the essence in today’s firms and anything that we can do to facilitate fast and seamless access to our resources is always our goal”, said Ralph Monaco, Executive Director, NYLI.

It was a pleasure to collaborate with NYLI for their new federated search!

Silos are Alive and Well

Question: “What do you think would increase iWorker productivity?”
Angele Boyd, a Guest Blogger for Xerox Blogs asks this in her post Simplifying Work – Why Don’t Companies Get It?.  The question follows on the heels of noting that the average productivity for iWorkers is about 65-75 percent. Information-Silos So where is the lost 25-35 percent?

Alas, enter our long lost (or not so lost) nemesis, the Silo. In fact, now there are two versions of silos – on-premise and cloud-based.  The influx of tracking systems, chat networks, and document repositories, means your silos are just as dispersed as ever.   Sadly, 55% of employees stress about how much time it takes to re-create lost documents, hibernating in their dark holes where no-one can find them.

The author mentions that there are no easy solutions to solve the problem of dispersed information, but we at Deep Web Technologies have a pretty good idea.

Smart companies that outperform their peers appreciate how technology can provide competitive advantage. These companies seek solution providers that will partner with them, starting with a needs assessment, followed by a strategic plan, implementation and continuous improvement.

Deep Web Technologies helps our clients large and small to assess their silos of information wherever they may be.  Our mission is not to consolidate the silos; indeed, that is a monumental effort and one best saved for a rainy year or two.  We simplify the process by searching your silos wherever they may be, in the cloud, behind the firewall, on the internet/intranet.  We provide a single, comprehensive search of your silos of information.  Take back your productivity and relax! We’ve got you covered.

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 Wisconsin Law Journalgathering 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.

Sixty Seconds to Find the Right Article – Mount Carmel’s Story

We love it when our customers write about their search solution!  Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library (MCHSL) implemented their new federated search solution for a five-site hospital system and nursing college in October of 2012.  In October 2013, Mount Carmel published their initial review, titled “Implementation of a Federated Search in a Multi-Hospital System”, through the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA).

The most enthusiastic feedback that we have received was from a Mount Carmel College of Nursing instructor who used eSearcher to find articles for his course. He had allotted an hour in his schedule for the article search, but by using eSearcher his task was completed in sixty seconds! Other customer feedback has commended eSearcher’s authoritative results, fast response time, visual appeal, multiple filters, and overall presentation.

One very important aspect that Deep Web Technologies offers Mount Carmel (and all of our customers!) is a neutral search engine. Many of our competitors weight their own information sources to rank higher on the results list, skewing result ranking in their favor.  “Medical Searcher offered impartial and seamless access to almost all of our premier medical databases.”  

We hope that you are as successful as Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library in your searching!  And contact us if an impartial, strong search fits your needs.

Do Your Research – Seahawks vs. Broncos

DWT’s own, Frank Bilotto, comes to you live from New York City where the fans of the Seahawks and Broncos are gathering to watch Superbowl XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.  See his take on how to educate yourself with Deep Web Technologies before the big game.

Happy New Year!

2014 has turned the corner and Deep Web Technologies is moving quickly toward some exciting goals.  Our developers are draining the java and pounding the keyboard to produce a new version of Explorit that will allow greater flexibility and more robust features.  We’re very excited to see the nimble and feature-rich product of much planning and work right around the corner.Happy New Year!

Throughout 2014, we’ll be lifting the veil on new features and functionality, some of which will automatically be included in our updated Explorit.  Other features will accompany customers with more specialized solutions. Here’s a sneak peek!

Multilingual Searching: We’ve had great success with Multilingual Searching in WorldWideScience.org, so we thought that we’d take our Multilingual searching to the next level by opening up the languages we can include.  Languages are complicated, and we’re taking Explorit to the next level to deal with that complexity.  Our multilingual searchers who want to find precise results translated from other languages into their language will find our updates very simple and easy to use.  

Mini-Explorit: Many of our customers have asked about getting a smaller “widgetized” version of Explorit for a page in their website.  Introducing…Mini-Explorit!  Mini-Explorit can sit on a webpage, search and show results quickly without going to the full application. It’s self-contained. With this new feature, we’ve got you covered for those fast homepage searches.

 My (Personal) Library: With the My Library feature, users can select results and save them to their My Library.  When they log out, their results will be saved, safe and snug, awaiting their return.  Of course, at any time, users can email, print, export or just keep saving their results. We’re not picky, and neither is our My Library.

Oh, there are plenty of other slick features coming down the pike.  Interested in knowing more about these and other features? Let us know!

Here’s hoping you find a fulfilling 2014!