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March 2010
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Greetings!

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!

Sincerely,

Abe Lederman
President, Deep Web Technologies
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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!

ContinuingFunJust For Fun...
 
Federated Search has Finally Arrived!

 

A couple of weeks ago, as part of my early morning ritual of going through my 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."
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DevelopmentDevelopment Corner:

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.

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