IntelliSeek Launches Invisible Web.Com

By Hane, Paula J. | Information Today, December 1999 | Go to article overview

IntelliSeek Launches Invisible Web.Com


Hane, Paula J., Information Today


For all those information seekers who have been frustrated with the imprecision, incompleteness, and other inadequacies of general Web search engines, there is now a complementary resource that can ferret out valuable collections of data and searchable sources that the search engines miss. IntelliSeek, Inc. has launched a new site, InvisibleWeb.com (http://www.invisibleweb.com), which provides a gateway to Web sources that contain information that is "invisible" to today's search engines. This content is invisible because the proprietary database formats of the sources do not allow the search engines to crawl or index them. Specific sources contained in InvisibleWeb.com include archives, databases, catalogs, guides, directories, dictionaries, and knowledge bases.

"This is all about users being able to stop searching through useless information and to start finding answers to their questions," said Mahendra Vora, IntelliSeek's president and CEO. "We believe that this resource sets the standard for Internet searching and demonstrates our commitment to providing intelligent ways to get Internet information."

Development of InvisibleWeb.com began in 1997 when IntelliSeek started creating its BullsEye software product line, which, among other features, searches invisible Web content. Through this development process, IntelliSeek cataloged a tremendous number of databases and searchable sources; these became the basis for InvisibleWeb.com.

IntelliSeek uses a unique process that combines automated intelligent agent search technology with human experts to build the InvisibleWeb.com content. The sources are automatically detected and monitored using this proprietary technology and are then professionally reviewed, described, and categorized by editors, who are each specialized in certain fields. They do not seek permission from the other sites to link to them. The sources are primarily free Web databases, though some require user registration, some are password protected, and only a few charge small fees. Databases on the Web from the commercial online services are not included.

The InvisibleWeb.com catalog of sources has grown quickly. In June 1999, the site searched 7,400 sources. The site currently searches more than 10,600 sources in 800 categories and has nearly 2,000 embedded search forms with a unique user interface. A company spokesperson said IntelliSeek aims to reach 20,000 within the next 6 months. Sources are regularly reviewed, and InvisibleWeb.com is updated as often as necessary. Users are also encouraged to suggest additional resources for inclusion.

InvisibleWeb.com was licensed to Lycos this past June and is seamlessly integrated into the Lycos.com site, but not the other Lycos-owned sites such as HotBot. IntelliSeek continues to provide the continuously updated catalog of sources to Lycos in an ongoing relationship. The company is not trying to compete with the big search engines, but says it is providing a complementary service.

IntelliSeek is in the process of signing many other strategic partnerships to syndicate orcobrand this highly targeted content. Some agreements will involve the entire InvisibleWeb.com catalog, and others will be for smaller vertical slices of the content. Some announcements should be forthcoming fairly soon. …

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