A Federated Search Primer – Part III of III

This post was written by Darcy Katzman on February 24, 2009
Posted Under: Federated Search

This post re-published with permission from AltSearchEngines.com.

Here is Part I and Part II

Federated Search: Beyond the Basics

We have only scratched the surface of the technology. I recommend playing with federated search applications and reading some of my other articles:

Some federated search applications include:

* Mednar – Searches medical information sources.
* Biznar – Searches business-related sources.
* WorldWideScience.org – Searches science content from all over the world, from government agencies, as well as other quality research and academic organizations.
* http://search.smartlib-bibliogen.ca/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchSimple – Searches Capital SmartLibrary Consortium of Libraries.
* http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/metafind/about.html – Searches Oregon State University’s Library.
* http://scienceroll.polymeta.com/search/ui7/searchfr.jsp?un=scienceroll – Searches a medical student’s journey inside genetics and medicine through web 2.0.
* Science.gov – Searches science documents from a number of US federal government agencies.
* http://lifesearch.indexdata.dk/# – Searches University of Copenhagen’s Library of Faculty of Life Sciences.
* Scitopia.org – Searches digital libraries of leading science and technology societies.
* http://www.techxtra.ac.uk – Searches 31 different collections relevant to engineering, mathematics and computing, including content from over 50 publishers and providers.

Recommended reading:
* 99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web
* Beyond Google: The Invisible Web
* Crawling vs. deep web searching
* Glossary of search industry terms
* Introduction to the deep web
* Invisible Web: What it is, Why it exists, How to find it, and Its inherent ambiguity

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* Searching the Deep Web (video) Click here for the video.
* The trouble with general search engines
* What determines quality of search results?
* What is a connector?

Questions? Leave a comment for Sol.

solSol Lederman is the primary author of the Federated Search Blog, a blog sponsored by Deep Web Technologies and dedicated solely to the federated search industry. He also writes for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Blog, primarily covering OSTI’s accomplishments and technologies. Sol’s first love is mathematics; he enjoys giving away prizes to people who can solve math problems that he presents through his personal blog, Wild About Math!.

You can read his series on Federated Search on AltSearchEngines here for Part I and here for Part II.

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