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Search Engine Adds Context to Web Queries

The Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) launched EPI-Search, a service it calls the internet’s first virtual reference librarian. EPI-Search is designed to provide the contextual expertise of reference librarians who have been replaced by internet searches.

In EPI-Search, users copy and paste the full text of an article or draft (50–10,000 words) into the search box. The service returns a list of recommended further readings from ISCE’s 1,300-title collection and links to other specialty searches on related topics.

“You don’t have to figure out what the keywords are, we do it for you,” says Michael Lissack, ISCE’s executive director. “For researchers, knowing where to find access to specialized written works has taken on an even more vital role as more general keyword-based searches have become the dominant paradigm.”

Queries geared toward systems, philosophy, cognitive science, and social science will receive the most relevant results from ISCE. Lissack believes that general search engines do not provide researchers with the proper context for these subject areas, but EPI-Search can.

ISCE partnered with specialty vendors Contegra Systems, Coginov, and AlchemyAPI to offer EPI-Search, which is hosted on Amazon Web Services.

Source: Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence

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