New Search engine in the making?
September 19th, 2005 by JTJ

Dwight Hines posts an interesting opportunity to the IRE listserv:

“I am going to participate as an internet journalist in IBM's Project

Serrano Beta program. If you read the material below, you will see

that the beauty, or the absolute brute force ability of the system

being developed by IBM is the capacity to search lots of data bases

and integrate the information.  It seems to me that this is ideal for

those involved in investigative reporting at global or local levels,

or criminal justice issues, who need lots of flexibility and crank

power to draw information from all over.

If you are interested in participating in the Beta program, please

contact me.  You will be able to define the system that you need,

working with the IBM folks and other journalists.  Obviously, the more

different people and different media organizations participating, the

more power the system will have.  I don't think antitrust issues or

intellectual property rights will be an issue until the system is

working, but those are just two areas that will become important,

along with differences in laws in different countries.

This ain't gonna be your Gramma's google.

Dwight Hines, I do not work for IBM nor do I take goodies from them in any way.

Project Serrano Beta Programs:

Enterprise search and Data modeling and integration design

Project Serrano extends WebSphere(r) Information Integration with

enhanced search and data modeling and integration design. It expands

the source accessibility, functionality, performance, and localization

of already robust information integration technologies — to help

customers manage their growing information requirements in both

structured and unstructured domains. Project Serrano Beta includes two


Rational(r) Data Architect will combine traditional data modeling

capabilities with metadata discovery, mapping, and analysis, all

organized by a modular project-based structure.

WebSphere Information Integration (II) OmniFind Edition finds

information stored across the enterprise in file systems, content

archives, databases, collaboration systems, and applications.


WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition

and benefits

Key search features include:

       •       search results with sub-second response from enterprise content

such as intranets, extranets, corporate public websites, relational

database systems, file systems, and content repositories.

       •       supported sources such as HTTP/HTTPS, news groups (NNTP), file

systems, Domino(r) databases, Microsoft(r) Exchange public folders, DB2(r)

Content Manager, DB2 Universal Database™ (DB2 UDB), DB2 UDB for z/OS(r),

Informix(r), and Oracle databases. Documentum and FileNet support is

provided through WebSphere(r) II Content Edition.

       •       state-of-the art relevancy algorithms for corporate content.

The new OmniFind Edition provides numerous technology and business benefits. It:

       •       scales to millions of documents and thousands of users

       •       fits easily into enterprise Java™ applications with appropriate

security so that confidential information is not exposed

       •       eases administration for quick set up

       •       utilizes background analysis to minimize administrator tasks

required to get high quality search results

       •       provides highly relevant search results and the framework for

richer text analysis

       •       includes a seamless upgrade to WebSphere II OmniFind for WebSphere

Portal customers who can leverage existing taxonomies for navigation

and categorization, migrate rules for rule-based classification, and

surface the same user experience through the WebSphere Portal Search


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