SirsiDynix – Our Newest Partner

Deep Web Technologies is pleased to announce that we have signed a partnership agreement with SirsiDynix to resell our Explorit Everywhere! TM search 130114_SirsiDynix
platform. Explorit Everywhere! will complement and enhance the library management technology solutions provided by SirsiDynix to their customers, providing the best solution in the marketplace for library patrons to access all their subscription content together with their holdings from one search box.

SirsiDynix, the world’s leading provider of library automation solutions, serves more than 23,000 public, academic and special libraries around the world. SirsiDynix is well known for their Integrated Library Systems, Symphony and Horizon.

Swets In The News…

On September 22, 2014, SBIG_Swets+tag_CMYKwets Information Services B.V. filed for bankruptcy which was subsequently accepted by the court in
Amsterdam.  The unfortunate announcement of the Swets bankruptcy took DWT by surprise along many others in the library world.  However, Swets and DWT are continuing conversations as Swets determines their path forward.

Our partner since 2010, Swets sold Explorit, rebranded as SwetsWise Searcher, to their global markets.  By pushing the envelope in service and product knowledge, Swets created many, mutually happy customers.

DWT has been in contact with our Swetswise Searcher customers to ensure that there is no lapse in customer service during this time.  While we are working directly with customers, we are closely monitoring what is happening with Swets.


Hello – Goodbye ETDE

In June of 2014, the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) ended.  It must have been a sad day for the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), having nurtured ETDE from a fledgling search site over 27 years ago to a venerable collection of over 5 million literature citations and over 90 participating countries.

But OSTI recognizes a good thing when they have one.  ETDE hasn’t disappeared completely, but fused into a bigger, stronger, application – – with a robust search by Deep Web Technologies.  Perhaps the song “Hello, Goodbye” by the Beatles should be playing in the background here – Hello, Hello, Goodbye, Goodbye, ETDE.

Aside from the new look, boasts a truly foreign object: Multilingual support.  Users can enter their query term in not only English, but Spanish, German and Swedish.  On the results page, translate the results into your language.  Talk about making it simple!wwe-swedish

For Example:

Search Language: Swedish
Search Term: termonukleär fusion (In English: thermonuclear fusion)
Results return in English, German, Swedish and Spanish; with Swedish chosen as the search language, you can Translate the results to Swedish!

Aside from the fueling the discovery of citations from participating countries, OSTI expects this feature to attract additional countries to the WWE Consortium, helping their content become more discoverable.  The future is brilliant…thermonuclear perhaps. A 2014 Makeover 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, 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 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. 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! 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 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  Perhaps you’re familiar with, 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 and read our Press Release here.  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

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:

  • – a federated search application hosted by OSTI that includes documents and information from federal websites.
  • – 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:

  • – 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.
  • - 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.