Muse® Federated Search

  • Federated Search systems enable users to search multiple content sources simultaneously through one search query. Users can then view search results in a single integrated list. In other words, users no longer need to consult each information source individually. Instead, they can search multiple library catalogs, web sites, subscription and citation databases, all at once.

  • Multiple Content Sources, Same Search Query, Single Integrated List

    It is known that Federated Search appeared as a need to search simultaneously multiple content sources. Federated Search systems search all these sources at a time and present the information to the user in a normalized format. Thus, the user’s effort is much smaller than interpreting these results presented by each source in its own format. The efforts are much lowered – instead of using many browsers accessing individual web interfaces, clients for SOAP and Z39.50 databases or Telnet terminals, the user just accesses a Muse Federated Search Application. Another aspect is that the user doesn’t have to know the syntax for various search queries of each content source – only the search query syntax of the Muse Federated Search.

  • Results Enrichment

    Many times users want to have more from a search. Not all content sources present all the information available on a book for example. By our enrichment modules, users may have detailed information retrieved and presented together with the information from the main source, with no supplementary efforts. Many enrichment services can be used simultaneously to have thus more chances to deliver the data that is looked for.

  • Results Deduplication

    It is known that many search services deliver exactly the same information indexed from various content sources. Why lose time and search many sources for something that you need and then see that a large percent of the information is the same for all? Just use the Muse Federated Search Application which does a smart deduplication for you.

  • Ranking Search Results

    Ranking is a fundamental problem in information retrieval and it attempts to measure how relevant results are to a particular search query. The advanced ranking algorithms we use, together with the multiple taxonomies for various entities, make our ranking one of the best. More, alphabets can be edited via dedicated administrator consoles sections.

  • Custom Display

    No matter what the content sources can display, Muse Federated Search Applications can extend these capabilities when showing the results retrieved. Results can be displayed in full, brief, enriched formats, each being customized to display only the fields wanted. Besides display formatting, users can sort results by any retrieved field, either ascending or descending, or by relevance. There even is the possibility to force the results from some sources to be displayed before others, no matter which came first. There are also other display settings such as the number of results per page, results per source.

While Muse Federated Search runs on top of The Muse Platform, it inherits all its features.