Silobreaker Online Search Service Cracks Walls of Information Silos

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Silobreaker is an information access system that pushes the limits of search, content processing, and text analysis, said Stephen E. Arnold of Arnold Information Technology.

We see the keyword-based query as a possible entry point, but the graphical search results enable the user to discover, navigate and drill down further without having to type in new keywords.

Silobreaker is an information access system that pushes the limits of search, content processing, and text analysis, said Stephen E. Arnold of Arnold Information Technology.

Silobreaker Director Mats Bjore, a former Swedish intelligence officer and McKinsey & Co. knowledge management consultant, performed the demonstration. More than a news aggregator, Silobreaker provides relevance by looking at the data it finds like a person does. It recognizes people, companies, topics, places, and keywords; understands how they relate to each other in the news flow, and puts them in context for the user. The graphical search results enables users to quickly and easily understand connections, trends and topics or navigate deeper into the most relevant stories for them.

"The whole philosophy behind Silobreaker is to move away from the traditional keyword based search query which generates just page after page of headline results and forces the user into a loop of continually adjusting the query to find relevance and context," Bjore said. "We see the keyword-based query as a possible entry point, but the graphical search results enable the user to discover, navigate and drill down further without having to type in new keywords."

He caught Arnold Information Technology's attention with "the point-and-click access to link analysis, mapping, and a useful 'trends search' function."

"You can launch queries and manipulate a range of features and functions to squeeze meaning and insights from information," Arnold said.

Bjore asserts that certain types of "real world" questions may be difficult for search systems to answer. Echoing Google's Dr. Peter Norvig, Bjore believes that human intelligence is needed when dealing with facts and data. "The problem today is that analysts and decision-makers spend most of their time searching and far too little time learning from and analyzing the information at hand. Our technology moves the user closer to the many possible "answers" by doing much of the searching and groundwork for them and freeing up time for analysis and qualified decision-making."

Bjore explained the sophisticated information access system with an analogy: "Silobreaker works like one of our dogs. Their eyes see what is in front of you, the ears hear the tone of voice, the nose smells what has happened, what is now and what's around the corner."

Arnold agrees. "It's more than search; it's an extension of the information envelope. Like Cluuz.com, Silobreaker ushers in the next-generation in information access and analysis."

Silobreaker is available to commercial organizations via a software as a service or an on-premises installation. Bjore characterized the pricing of the service as "very competitive."

About Silobreaker

Silobreaker is an online search service for news and current events that delivers meaning and relevance beyond traditional search and aggregation engines. Its relational analysis and explanatory graphics provide users with unparalleled contextual insight into the news stories of the day. Contact the company at the firm's London, England, office at +44 (0) 870 366 6737 or the Stockholm, Sweden, office at +46 (0) 8 662 3230; or e-mail sales at silobreaker dot com. More information about the company is at Silobreaker.

About Stephen E. Arnold and Beyond Search

Stephen E. Arnold is the Managing Partner at Arnold Information Technology, a company that specializes in electronic publishing, marketing via electronic media, online system engineering, and database design. Beyond Search is his blog at Beyond Search. Arnold monitors search, content processing, text mining and related topics from his high-tech nerve center in rural Kentucky. He is a technology and financial analyst with more than 30 years of extensive operational and entrepreneurial experience, and he is able to bridge the gap between new ideas and the financial implications of a technology. The company's Web site is Arnold IT.

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