Site Meter Amund's thoughts about the future of Information Retrieval


A few thoughts about the future of Internet Information Retrieval

It seems likely that the specialization in the Internet Information Retrieval (IIR) business will continue. Internet information crawling, pre-processing, indexing, searching and presentation requires different types of technologies and know-how, this might create opportunities for new companies specializing in only one steps of the IIR "food chain". One possibility could be that companies doing crawling will do offer extracts of relevant data on request, e.g. a search engine specializing in winter sports could get only relevant data extracted from several regional crawler companies. In other words, the IIR "food chain" might increase in length.

Potential new players

As the importance of Internet Information Retrieval grows, players that have been concentrating on the lower end of the Internet "food chain", i.e. major bandwidth providers (e.g. MCI or British Telecom) and network software/hardware vendors (e.g. 3COM or Cisco) might want to enter the market as providers of partially indexed data to search engines and topic hierarchies.

Potential new technologies

With the increased growth of the amount of data on the Internet, new technologies for doing distributed indexing/search of data will probably occur. This is particularly interesting if processing and indexing of multimedia data (e.g. sound, pictures and video) becomes popular. Processing of multimedia data is considerably more CPU intensive than processing of textual data. Example of such processing could be automatic detection of objects (e.g. a car) in video frames.

Written by Amund Tveit, 2000-05-29

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