Advanced search doesn't have to be complex
Finding the right information at the right time is a constant challenge. Sometimes, a few keywords in a search box is good enough. But there are times when a more rigorous, precise approach is needed.
Up to now, the traditional solution has been to use 'advanced search' or specialist 'line-by-line' query builders. However, these require the use of complex Boolean expressions and offer limited support for error checking or optimization. Moreover, each database has its own user interface and query syntax to learn. If only there was a simpler way to search accurately and effectively without worrying about syntax and vendor specifics. Well, now there is.
A visual approach
2dSearch is a radical alternative to conventional 'advanced search'. Instead of entering Boolean strings into one-dimensional search boxes, queries are formulated by combining objects on a two-dimensional canvas. This eliminates syntax errors, makes the query semantics more transparent, and offers a more effective way to optimize, save and share search strategies.
Don't speak Boolean?
Create precise search strategies simply using drag & drop
Stuck for words?
Optimise your search with automated keyword suggestions
SHORT ON time?
Start from one of our pre-built templates and examples
Searching your own data?
We provide adapters for a range of sources
Transparent, reproducible systematic search
The advanced search you've been waiting for
According to the IDC whitepaper, The High Cost of Not Finding Information, knowledge workers spend 2.5 hours per day searching for information. Whether they eventually find what they are looking for or stop and make a sub-optimal decision, there is a high cost to both outcomes. The recruitment industry, for example, relies on Boolean search as the foundation of the candidate sourcing process, and yet the #1 concern reported by agencies is difficulty finding candidates with appropriate skills and experience. Similarly, patent agents rely on accurate prior art search as the foundation of their due diligence process, and yet infringement suits costing as much as $0.5bn are being filed at a rate of more than 10 a day due to the later discovery of prior art that their original search tools missed.
Our approach has the potential to profoundly change the way in which complex search problems are addressed in a wide variety of professions and applications. These include not only ‘traditional’ information professions such as scientific research and patent search, but also emerging sectors such as media monitoring and talent management.