Welcome to Deep Web Technologies
Spring has finally sprung; it certainly seemed like a long winter! The new season has certainly brought increased activity to the federated search world.
For example, in the month of April I'll be traveling to the Computers in Libraries conference with check in hand for the winner of the Federated Search Blog contest - more below. Also, I happened to see that even the Senate has noticed federated search! Read my article on this. In our Development Corner, we share with you a little about how we approach feature design, an incredibly important aspect to any robust search product such as Explorit.
Most importantly, I hope you enjoy spring, and beware of April Fools jokes!
President, Deep Web Technologies
Computers in Libraries Federated Search Contest
The Grand Finale
We're about to award the 1st prize check for the Federated Search Blog contest winner. You may recall that the prizes for this year's contest were double that of last year - $1000 for first place. Our top three winners are:
3rd Place - David Walker
2nd Place - Hope Leman
1st Place - Revealed at CIL during session A104 on Monday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Abe Lederman, Deep Web Technologies' founder and President will be at CIL to award the check to the winner. If you would like to speak with Abe during his visit, please contact him here.
Hope to see you at the conference!
|Just For Fun...
Federated Search has Finally Arrived!
A couple of weeks ago, as part of my early morning ritual of going
Biznar Alerts (I have a dozen alerts setup that track any mention of "federated search",
the "deep web", competitors and sites that we've developed) I got an
interesting alert on my "federated search" profile.
Biznar had emailed me a link to a transcript
of testimony in front of the Senate Homeland Security and
Governmental affairs Committee on March 19, 2010 on the subject of:
Lessons and implications of the Christmas Day attack.
In a statement before the Committee, Senator Collins (Maine) talks
about information sharing:
"Last week at our hearing, the deputy director of the NCTC
(National Counter Terrorism Center) surprised me, at least, by saying
that there was limited ability for the intelligence community to search
for information across the many data bases maintained by intelligence
and law-enforcement communities."
Free Federated Search?
Knob Twiddling and Product Design
by Brian DeSpain
VP Product Development
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 design process, I have
been spending time thinking about challenges in administrative user
interface (UI) design. It's an interesting design challenge - How to
expose the underlying administrative functionality that the software
developers have spent time on without overwhelming the user with
options? Building an application that can be configured in myriad ways
means that you need to provide users with easy to use tools to configure
the application the way they want.
Read the rest