IBM has received a federal patent for “ontology-based network search engine.” Four co-inventors were named.

Interactive Intelligence brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Wisconsin.” According to the abstract, the patent was for a method and apparatus for searching for a documents residing on a network comprises receiving a search request comprising of one or more search terms of an ontology.

Ontology is a view of a domain hierarchy, the similarity of relationships and their interaction among concepts. It illustrates the concepts and their relationships so that the user more easily understands its coverage. Having a solid ontology for findability within search is key.

Melody K. Smith

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