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Meshin launches semantic search engine

Software can read, understand three messages per second, gather all relevant information

Meshin launches semantic search engine
Mechin has developed the first ever semantic search engine. It is currently in beta testing.

Meshin, a start up funded by Xerox Corporation, has released a new search tool for beta testing.

The search device uses semantic technologies to gather information with meaning and context, acting more like a human personal assistant than a search engine.

The search engine, also called Meshin, can scan through email messages, RSS feeds and social networks inside email and is designed to go beyond just finding keywords and metadata.

This is the first time that semantic technology has been used for such a search tool. Meshin can scan through about three messages a second or 5,000 messages per 30 to 45 minutes with attachments.

"Our challenge in the workplace is not only about having too much information. It's also finding, linking, reconciling or organising multiple pieces of information logically and rapidly so we can use this information to do our jobs effectively," said Chris Holmes, CEO of Meshin. "That's what Meshin does."

The search engine is capable of pulling together relevant emails and document exchanges, Tweets, blog postings and a customer's company news, for example.

Created at the Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC), Meshin is part of Xerox's drive to increase productivity in the workplace as volumes of information grow.

"Meshin is a great example of the next wave of human-like search tools that are more in tune with the way people actually think, work and relate to others," said Dan Smith, general manager for Integrated Marketing, Xerox, MEA (DMO).  "We are developing tools like Meshin because they help typically overtaxed and overwhelmed professionals focus on the content and connections that really matter."

Meshin has been launched as a Microsoft Outlook plug-in in a public beta release and is available for trial here.

"We have rolled out our semantic technologies with Microsoft Outlook because email is so core to how work gets done in offices of any size, anywhere," Holmes said. "However, our technologies are platform-agnostic and can be applied beyond Outlook."

Once you install the beta release, the program is designed to index and understand the meaning of all your messages and attachments.


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