To enhance multilingual access to the reams of online news, project OmniPaper has tested a prototype that offers semantic search capabilities for Europes newspapers on the Net.
The IST projects prototype was made available to the public in November 2003, with users able to use the semantic, or smart search, for news articles from a set of almost 2000 English-language articles from UK-based The Daily Telegraph.
"Smart search means that the search engine first tries to understand your query on a semantic level," explains Bert Paepen, a researcher involved in the project. "It will look for keywords in your query and ask you to say what you mean by certain words. If for example your query contains the keyword bush the system asks you what you mean by it: a large wilderness area, President Bush or something else. So the idea is that the user gives semantic feedback on his/her query, yielding more accurate search results."
Tara Morris | IST Results
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