My brother Abe just started a LinkedIn discussion in the Enterprise Search Engine Professionals group. Here’s the post.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I’m interested to know who is doing real-time federated search in the enterprise. By “real-time” I mean searching sources live, not building nor searching an index. Have you implemented such a beast? Has it been successful? What have the challenges been? Access security and policy issues come to mind. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of federated search in the enterprise?

By way of disclosure, I co-founded Verity, and I founded and run the federated search company, Deep Web Technologies.

Here are a few links that might be of interest to participants in this discussion:

What are your thoughts?

That last link refers to a New Idea Engineering article that discusses a number of important features of federated search in the enterprise.

  • Flexible rules for combining results from all of the engines searched
  • Maintaining Users Security Credentials
  • Mapping User Security Credentials to other security domains
  • Advanced Duplicate Detection and Removal
  • Combining results list Navigators, such as Faceted Search links and Taxonomy Nodes.
  • Handling other results list links such as “next page” and sort order.
  • Translating user searches into the different search syntaxes used by the disparate engines.
  • Extracting hits from HTML results, AKA “scraping”, hopefully without the need to custom code.

If you know of any activity in the enterprise search world that intersects with federated search and that doesn’t involve building and maintaining indices Abe and I would love it if you would join the conversation.

For those of you new to this blog, federated search vendor Deep Web Technologies is the sponsor.

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