Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have designed a search engine that indexes specific sets of databases to help identify rare diseases. allows users to query patient symptoms. The technology crawls over 31,000 medical articles focused on rare and genetic diseases to deliver medically relevant search results.

This interesting news was on Search Engine Land in their article, “Search Engine Designed By Denmark Researchers Helps Medics Diagnose Rare Diseases.” The developers boast that it delivers significantly better results than Google when searching for rare disease content.

Findability is important for any system in any field or organization. Without being able to find data quickly and completely, what is the point? Findability can be improved by creating and using strong taxonomies. Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data.

Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.