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By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2001-04-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I?m not sure what the word ?Oingo? means, but the unique namesake search technology from Oingo Inc. can figure out the meaning of pretty much anything else.

Im not sure what the word "Oingo" means, but the unique namesake search technology from Oingo Inc. can figure out the meaning of pretty much anything else.

Most standard search engines simply index text and metatags from Web pages, and queries of these engines will return any pages that contain the same words, meaning that someone looking for information on Java development tools may also get pages on coffee vendors.

Instead of using straight indexing, Oingo relies on a million-word ontology that deduces the actual meaning of a query, so that someone searching for a Java tool kit will find information about development tools rather than a store that sells coffee and hardware. Oingo builds this ontology through massive scans of the Web and manual edits done by linguists.

Oingo technology has been used by domain name registrars to help customers find names with similar meanings if their preference is already taken. The technology is being used to drive banner ads and is available as a standard search engine. Oingo is also working to make its ontology work across languages, with support for Spanish already available.

 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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