Deep Web:  Legal Due Diligence

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by Lisa Brownlee. The 2015 edition of her book, “Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Corporate Transactions: Investment, Risk Assessment and Management”, originally published in 2000, will dive into discussions about using the Deep Web and the Dark Web for Intellectual Property research, emphasizing its importance and usefulness when […]

Search Strategies in Federated Search: Refine Search

Filtering results is as much an art as a science. Refining or clarifying an initial set of search results is a fairly common practice among search engine users that don’t know exactly what they are looking for. Yet in federated searching, refining a group of results is often not the best strategy for a user to find […]

Art and Science of De-duping Results

One of the critical problems in federated searching is de-duplication of results. Many sources contain the same journal articles and, clearly, presenting the same result multiple times isn’t useful to users. To solve this thorny problem, Deep Web Technologies has taken a flexible and configurable approach to de-duplication. The Explorit application de-dupes on multiple fields to […]

Knob Twiddling and Product Design

As the product manager here at Deep Web Technologies, I oversee product feature development. I spend my time working with software developers, our application engineers, marketing folks, our customers and our partners to help design our next-generation SAAS (Software as a Service) product as well as refine our current products. As we go through our […]

Westlaw Without Dialog: What’s An Attorney To Do?

Until 2008, Dialog was formerly part of Thomson Scientific, itself a unit of financial information giant Thomson Reuters. Westlaw, a part of West Publishing, itself another unit of Thomson Reuters, had therefore been able to provide Dialog’s powerful database of sources (which include 900 databases of intellectual property), to its large group of professional subscribers. […]

Deep Web Search – How to optimize queries?

When conducting a Deep Web search, one of the common problems is understanding and optimizing queries.  Most deep web search engines are federated which means the query is passed simultaneously to multiple engines. If the federated search provider has done their job, then the query should seamlessly match to the logic of the native interface. […]