Explorit Research Accelerator™
(Deep Web Technologies, with Stanford University)

Deep Web Technologies (DWT) mostly works with government agencies and businesses to develop federated search capabilities. However, the company customized Explorit in an academic information environment. The result, xSearch, was unveiled by Stanford on March 18, 2010. According to a press release, xSearch provides functionality that Stanford would not have found in any “out-of-the-box” solution, including integration with their authentication and LDAP services. The initial launch includes 28 sources, such as journal articles, patent citations, conference proceedings, ebooks, and a directory of grant funds. A staff member claimed it is a "technical solution that greatly advances our ability to support multi-disciplinary research.”

DWT's web site claims Explorit "is the most precise and accurate federated search solution on the market... Explorit will search any internet-based, internal or external sources, including blogs, calendars, wiki, web sites or enterprise searches... in a single, real-time search portal so that users keep up with ever-expanding information, increase their productivity and deliver a return on investments in subscribed content and internal information."

Selected Features
Ability to search across all collections or limit to specific resources
Real-time searching (not indexed information)
Relevance ranking
Results in 2-5 seconds
Customizable interface
Alert services available via email or an RSS feed
Flexible hosting & maintenance options
Consulting services available
Develops/maintains application connectors

Additional Information
FAQ: http://www.deepwebtech.com/product/faq.html#top.
Demos: http://www.deepwebtech.com/tryitnow.html (formal demonstrations can also be requested).
Resources searchable at Stanford: https://lib.stanford.edu/files/xSearch_Sources_Brief_Descriptions.pdf.
Notes on12.2010 webinar

Comments (TAG)
Using the demo link (above), I searched Mednar to see how the results display. The ranked results are easy to peruse, although there's no way to tell which resources are available in full-text. I suppose the real question is whether this product is available outside of Stanford, and if so, for what kind of price tag.

Email Recieved 4/6/10 (MB) - I just received an unsolocited phone call and email for this product. The body of the email follows:

"Our company, Deep Web Technologies, specializes in federated search solutions. Our product, Explorit, offers exceptional features and functionality above the competitors, and our prices are very reasonable.
There are several things that differentiate Explorit from other solutions. For example, our product quickly searches real-time information sources to find the most timely and accurate results (about 2 seconds for 100 sources through incremental search), and uses OpenURL/Link Resolver as a method of swiftly linking to full-text articles. Also, we can tailor the look and feel of the user interface and the list of sources based on a customers specific requirements. Sources can easily include the entire library collection, library catalog information, subscription and public sources of information, news feeds and internal sources. Our Also, Explorit also has the ability to utilize a user defined amount of connectors, track user query statistics, and provides alerts. Here is a detailed list: http://www.deepwebtech.com/product/features.html
If you would like to view a few implantations of our product, that are public facing and defined by collection lists provided by customers, they are www.scitopia.org and www.science.gov.
Some of our clients include organizations and companies such as Stanford University, George Mason University, University of California San Francisco, Intel, BASF, Boeing, Department of Defense, DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). Also, our global partners include Swets, inMagic and TechKnowledge.
In case you are curious, here is a link to Stanford’s recent e-newsletter where they discuss their implementation of Explorit: http://speaking.stanford.edu/library/xSearch-New_Cross_Search_Tool.html
Thanks again for the opportunity to share this information. I will call you at the end of the week to see if you have any questions."