Do advanced, structured searches with Sehrch
Sehrch is a new semantic search engine developed in the UK.
You can search their index by entering a regular query, like on Bing or Google, or you can benefit from their structured data by formulating advanced searches and get precise results.
What is Sehrch
Traditional search engines index documents like pages, images or videos. But documents do not offer much information that is understandable by machines. Sehrch gathers semantic web objects instead of documents.
An object can be for example a person, city or event. Objects have properties: a person has a name and date of birth, whereas an institution has a date of establishment. Objects can also relate to each other, for example one Person may be the parent of another Person.
Sehrch is a collection of such objects and has a kind of “conceptual awareness” by harmonizing, grouping or relating objects within the semantic web. There is no limit to the number of properties that can be stored for a given object.
How does it work?
Object search on Sehrch requires you to form search patterns based upon object properties. To do this you have to learn how to use their operators. This might seem like a hassle. But if you are an information professional or you are simply of the geekish persuasion, you might want to give it a try.
A search like “name:Tony Iommi (type:Person)” will present biographical data about Mr Iommi instead of a list of links to pages that might hold relevant information. Even though there is a short intro to formulating queries, I found that it takes practice to get the results you are looking for. With the right query, it’s beautiful, though.
Object searches are not appropriate for all queries, for instance those where there is no prevalent conceptual relationships. For such queries the search engine defaults to performing a direct document search, while presenting secondary object suggestions. Users can always override an object search with a document search at their discretion.
Sehrch is still in Alpha.
PS: Sehrch should seriously consider finding another name for their product. It is really hard to remember the spelling of Sehrch.