A relatively new participant in the blogosphere, Scott Maxwell of the Now What? blog, who is a partner at the VC firm of Insight Partners in Boston, has just completed publication of a nine-part Search Tech Opportunities series on innovation in search technology.
This is a very insightful (pun intended) and readable series, not to mention a useful source to advanced or less-known search engines such as ZoomInfo and A9's OpenSearch. Two of the key themes in this series are the application of the semantic Web and the need and usefulness of open search technology.
The bulk of the series is in eight parts posted closely together:
- Exposed APIs
- Micropayment innovations
- Mashups of chained components
- Needed search improvements
- Tagging improvements
- Moving beyond word search
- Machine learning
- Machine (or entity) extraction
The series began with Scott’s argument for Opening up the Search Tech Chain, a componentized vision of search combining multiple functions from multiple contributors via open APIs. (This concept is actually being put in place via a number of federal and enterprise initiatives that are still below the radar.)
Scott, nice addition! I am pleased to add you as my newest blogroll member.