Think outside the search box


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 traditional keyword search. Instead of a one-dimensional search box, concepts are expressed as objects on a two-dimensional canvas. Relationships are expressed using drag and drop. By combining this approach with automated keyword suggestions we offer a radically new solution for the development of accurate and effective search strategies.

So you spend less time worrying about Boolean strings, and more time finding what you need.


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Don't speak Boolean?

Create precise search strategies simply using drag & drop

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Stuck for words?

Optimise your search with automated keyword suggestions

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SHORT ON time?

Start from one of our pre-built templates and examples

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Searching your own data?

We provide adapters for a range of sources


Next generation advanced 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.

2dSearch is a framework for solving complex search challenges. It provides support throughout the search process, from query formulation to optimisation and execution. Our aim is to promote search accuracy and efficiency and to encourage the adoption and sharing of proven templates and best practices. 

Our approach has the potential to profoundly change the way in which information needs 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.



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