Elsevier + NetBase = illumin8

Paul Miller’s ZDNet blog has a post discussing illumin8, a new joint-venture academic search technology from Elsevier and NetBase. From the folks at illumin8:

“illumin8 combines search and semantic indexing technologies to distill deep meaning, purpose and insight from the vast amount of Elsevier’s full-text content, scientific abstracts from 4,000 publishers, patents and billions of web pages. This research tool extracts and analyzes solutions, which are then categorized under organizations, products, technologies, approaches, and experts. Illumin8 is designed to go beyond simple keyword search, quickly finding and extracting crisp summarized answers and interrelationships that are semantically related to the context of the search query.”

So I’m not very clear on specifically how its outcomes are better than the competition’s, but based on the daunting array of buzzwords it ought to be really, really super-good.

(Miller had a chance to try it out and felt it did well at finding results for his queries.)

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