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IBM, Yahoo Update Free Enterprise Search

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The IBM Omnifind Yahoo Edition enterprise search product received some tweaks and improvements to its functionality.

Unfortunately, a less unwieldy name was not among the feature list as described by IBM in its announcement of the update. It’s still called IBM OmniFind Yahoo Edition, so the nearly 25,000 downloaders of the product won’t have to unlearn that mouthful of words.

They do get a little post-Thanksgiving feast of goodies thanks to a new update to the free product:

The new version of IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition offers the ability to easily separate content into different searchable document collections, an improved administration console that simplifies set-up and management of the search tool, and enhanced search support based on the latest open source Lucene indexing library. Other enhancements improve the performance, indexing and custom search field capabilities, as well as support for additional browsers.

The collections feature should be of interest to those who have categorized documents by certain characteristics. Assigning them to a collection allows for targeted searches within it, for faster results.

IBM also said additional custom fields can be defined through the use of collections. Field values mapped from HTML meta tags, document metadata, or data pushed through the OmniFind push API allows searchers to perform queries specifically including metadata they choose.

Installation on Windows platforms should go more smoothly as the product may be put in place as a Windows service. IBM also said they have cleaned up search accuracy by supporting better near-duplicate detection and removal from OmniFind search results.

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