The investigation of new search paradigms

Research findings about new usage behaviour lead directly to the development of new technologies. The main objective here is the discovery of unknown, subject-specific relations between digital objects from large document corpora on the World Wide Web.

Today’s search technologies are based on delivering such documents in the results of a query that contain the search term used in the query as often as possible. This search paradigm does not deliver documents which do not contain the search term, but encompass content on a related topic and could thus be relevant, in the results list of a query. In this context, the investigation of new search paradigms is the subject of the third research focus, Knowledge Discovery.

The research department closely collaborates with the “Innovative Information Systems and Publishing Technologies” department at the ZBW.