The World's Largest Semantic Map

Cognition, one of the semantic search engines I mentioned in an earlier post collecting the five top contenders in this category, has announced it’s position as “The World’s Largest Semantic Map” (of the commercially available variety anyway).

The Meta Internet Blog reports as well that Cognition is working to build a general consumer search engine to compete with Google, Yahoo and company.

Semantic mapping allows higher-powered, more relevant searching by overlaying rules and relationships between words and concepts over the data to be searched. Cognition claims that its particular English language map is more than double the size of any other such map.
As you may recall from my earlier post, Cognition has been at this game as long, if not longer, than anyone else, with more than twenty-four years of development. To date, the primary beneficiaries have included the medical industry (MEDLINE), legal profession (LexisNexis Concordance) and Wikipedia. It will take a great deal more time and resources to index the entire Web for general consumer use, but Cognition assures that they’re on it.

The World’s Largest Semantic Map

Cognition, one of the semantic search engines I mentioned in an earlier post collecting the five top contenders in this category, has announced it’s position as “The World’s Largest Semantic Map” (of the commercially available variety anyway).

The Meta Internet Blog reports as well that Cognition is working to build a general consumer search engine to compete with Google, Yahoo and company.

Semantic mapping allows higher-powered, more relevant searching by overlaying rules and relationships between words and concepts over the data to be searched. Cognition claims that its particular English language map is more than double the size of any other such map.
As you may recall from my earlier post, Cognition has been at this game as long, if not longer, than anyone else, with more than twenty-four years of development. To date, the primary beneficiaries have included the medical industry (MEDLINE), legal profession (LexisNexis Concordance) and Wikipedia. It will take a great deal more time and resources to index the entire Web for general consumer use, but Cognition assures that they’re on it.

Happy National Library Week

It’s the week you have all been waiting for! Monday kicked off National Library Week in honor of those institutions that have housed our collective knowledge (or access thereto) for centuries. Many information providers are offering free access to their wares in honor of this “heady” occasion: Proquest is offering access to three of it’s most popular databases here; Gale is offering free access to a nice variety of resources here; Greenwood has some Latin American information offerings here; and Alexander Press has some interesting Civil War resources here and Latino literature here. There is a broad variety of interesting info that normally would cost, so why not partake in a little knowledge. Oh, and don’t forget to hug your librarian this week!