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Open source desktop search engines

Apr 28, 2011, 10:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Judith M. Myerson)

"There was a time when finding the right content was simply a matter of retrieving the right floppy disk from the shoebox. Those days are long gone. Now the average desktop computer contains hundreds of gigs, and in some cases terabytes, of data! So much information is interrelated that a simple hierarchical arrangement of folders and files may no longer be sufficient to find what you need. You need a tool that can intelligently index your files and help you locate them in the right context. Google and others have created commercial desktop search engines. However, there are open source alternatives.

"I'll look at two open-source desktop search engines, imgSeek and Terrier, which are handy tools when I search image files and XML documents that contain text and references to images. I can use a rough sketch or import an image to query similar images from a bucket of hundreds of disparate images — almost like finding a needle or two in a haystack of images. The search results can bring up duplicate images, each with a different file name. In addition to query by content, I can look for images by metadata keywords, such as filename, description, and creation date."

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