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Wednesday, March 16, 2005
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Jeff Bezos announced OSRSS,for Open Search RSS,a small set of extensions to RSS that enable vertical search. There can be very different set of results depending on which database you search. "If you search the Web for "Vioxx,"- you'll get the impression that Vioxx is about class action lawsuits. If you search the medical database PubMed you'll get very different results" - specific medical and pharmacological results. "PubMed actually does sophisticated translations from search term to specific medical terms." When a searchable database uses the OSRSS code to identify itself, it becomes essentially a "channel" to A9, and users can select which databases they want to see results from. OSRSS consists of three simple extensions to RSS that simply state total results, a starting index, and number of items per page. This is an important development indicating the maturity and the dawn of new generation search mechanisms a.k.a niche search engines.
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