Last week IBM said it will release an opensource search engine technology by the end of this year on opensource software site SourceForge. This technology, called Unstructured Information Management Architecture (UIMA), works differently than regular algorithms used by search engine like Google.
UIMA is aimed at corporate data retrieval and uses concepts and facts instead simpler 'keyword' searches.
While simple but powerful keyword searches have revolutionized how Internet users locate and retrieve information, IBM is looking to transform how office workers sift through the piles of data stored inside organizations.
"I don't see any of the major players moving into this area," Arthur Ciccolo, head of search technology at IBM Research, said of how major consumer Internet search companies such as Google, Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft have focused on the public Internet instead of private record data retrieval.