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SemantiFind Puts Semantic Spin on Search Engines

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SemantiFind Puts Semantic Spin on Search Engines

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Semanti Corp., based in Edmonton, Alberta, recently rolled out its flagship product called SemantiFind. It's a plug-in for the Firefox web browser that brings semantic search to existing search engines such as Google,Yahoo!, and Microsoft Live Search. (A version for Internet Explorer was still in development at press time.) Semantic search tries to distinguish unique concepts for search results so a query about apple (the fruit) does not return results about Apple (the computer manufacturer).

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Bruce Johnson, CEO of Semanti Corp., says, "We're not trying to say that we can beat Google, or Yahoo!, or Microsoft Live Search. What we're saying is add some semantics or a semantic layer on top of those search engines." When a user with the installed plug-in performs a search on one of those engines, semantic options are provided in a drop-down menu below the query field. SemantiFind results appear at the top of the results page; the search engine's normal results for the term are displayed below SemantiFind's results. …

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