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An Interface for Searching Multiple Information Sources and Effectively Displaying Multiple Search Results

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021064D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-19
Document File: 1 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Searching for information from many possible information sources is complex and time consuming. In the Multi-Search Multi-Results utility the user is given a simple graphical interface for: entering search text; for selecting some or many search target sites; and for optionally filtering the type of information each target site supports. Upon pressing "Search", multiple parallel searches are conducted without the user having to know the target internet addresses or query formats. All the results are gathered and converted into a common format, with each result set presented in its own selectable window.

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An Interface for Searching Multiple Information Sources and Effectively Displaying Multiple Search Results

The user is given a very simple interface for entering search text, for selecting some/many target sites (without knowing internet addresses or query formats), and for optionally selecting information based on product/version/documentType wherever this target site supports this. There are individual "search robot programs", one per target site, which understand where that site is on the internet (or internal intranet), how to format and submit a query for it, and how to process the returned query results and parse their contents. All the searches are then done at one time, and the multiple results are gathered and converted to a common format

The user is given a very simple interface for seeing which sites/products/documentTypes had results, and then for viewing those individual results - based on the user knowledge that certain sites/products/documentTypes are most likely to contain appropriate information.

Aside from the efficiency of the multi-search and multi-results presentation, this approach also means that the user does not need to repeatedly switch between different search facilities with different query formats and different result presentations, and that the user does not need to remember if/when/how product/version/doctype selection filtering is done on different targets. Also, the user is presented a preconfigured selection of the most appropria...