In case you’re not a reader of the Federated Search Blog I want to make sure you know about the writing contest that Deep Web Technologies is sponsoring. This is our second year running the contest. Last year’s contest asked readers to predict the future of federated search and to describe that future in an essay of 1500 or fewer words. We enlisted the help of six experts in federated search to judge the submissions. We gave away cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 and, more importantly, we gave Mr. Rich Turner, the grand prize winner, the opportunity to discuss his ideas at the Computers In Libraries Conference. And, to top it off, Mr. Turner’s essay was published in Computers In Libraries Magazine.
We’re gearing up for our second contest. We don’t have all the details worked out but we have a topic and we know that the prizes will be bigger. We announced the topic recently. I’ll save you a click. Here’s the topic:
Tell us about the most impressive federated search application you’ve ever seen, or about one you’ve dreamed up. How innovative can federated search be? What unique problems can it solve?
We’ll have a new set of judges reviewing this year’s submissions. Last year’s experts were great and we’d like to give others the opportunity to help us out and get some press. If you know of someone we should contact to judge or if you would like to be a judge yourself, read this for details.
We hope you’ll submit an essay, or at least help spread the word. This contest, because of the visibility it provides the winner, can really bring your career to the next level. And, the cash prizes for second and third place winners are nice as well.