The other day Abe received in the mail the document from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granting us a trademark and service mark on the multilingual version of Explorit®, our federated search system. As any of you who have filed patents, trademarks or service marks surely know, the process is arduous and time consuming. So, needless to say, we’re delighted to have received the USPTO document.
Curious to see when we first began promoting Explorit®, I took a journey back in time, courtesy of Archive.org, aka the Wayback Machine. Deepwebtech.com was first crawled by Archive.org on August 2, 2002.
This was our original logo:
And, here’s a piece of the original description of Explorit®:
Explorit provides the capability to deploy small to large-scale collections of information on the web – fully searchable and easily navigable – to a wide range of user communities. Large organizations or information purveyors with many collections of heterogeneous information benefit from the consistency and usability of the Explorit user interface: whether they deploy one collection or one hundred, users quickly learn that all Explorit applications operate essentially the same way, and variances are determined by content rather than inconsistent design.
While Explorit® has greatly evolved over the past ten years some things never change. Yes, the architecture, the user interface, and the back end software were completely rewritten years ago to exploit modern programming technologies and web services standards. And, yes, the features have evolved to keep up with market demand. But, the values which drive the development of our software hasn’t changed. Explorit® has been and always will be about helping libraries and research organizations to mine the deep web for the most useful information from dozens or even hundreds of high quality sources.
We’re proud to have that piece of paper; we’ve framed it. But, more important than the document is what it represents – a commitment to serving research by being on the leading edge of information retrieval.