Monday, March 21, 2005

So Who's Open Searchable?

It seems like the release of OpenSearch has appealed to a wide variety of people who run their own searches. Why? Presumably becuase it means that sites now have an easy way of federating their search results and participating in a flexible form of cross-searching.

You only have to look at the growing list of sites listed on > More Columns to sense that adoption of OpenSearch may be about to grow quickly. OpenSearch columns, by the way, refer to results 'columns' that are available on A9 - that is, they refer to search engines who have made themselves available to A9 through the OpenSearch protocol.

It will be interesting to see whether its lifecyle then follows the rest of the Gartner Hype Cycle:

Gartner hype cycle

It'll also be interesting to see how RSS aggregators evolve to provide customisable, personalised metasearch engines, in which the user subscribes to OpenSearch feeds of their own choosing and over time tunes the sites included to suit their own needs. tags:


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