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Search Tools Product Reports
Verity K2 and other Search Products
Verity and all its products were acquired by Autonomy in December, 2005. K2 is being incorporated into Autonomy IDOL. Ultraseek is still being developed.
Verity Product Information
Price: not provided, generally $100,000 and up
Platforms: Windows NT 4, 2000; Unix: Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, DEC Unix,
- Verity K2 Developer April 2002
- OEM toolkit for search, content organization and social networks
- Indexing crawler and file system recognizes several hundred file formats.
- Powerful security interfaces, on both collection and document level.
- Indexes content from many sources, notably Lotus Notes collections
- Extensive language support: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (traditional and
simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,
Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian,
Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and more.
- Queries using Boolean search with options for stemming, fuzzy search and
- Integrates with Verity Classification for category browsing.
- Provides WebTop portal interface.
- Enables communities of users and expert location.
- Can scale to multiple servers for size, responsiveness and fault tolerance.
Articles and Reviews
Line K2 using Windows Scripting NIE Enterprise Search, April 25, 2003,
by Miles Kehoe
On Information Week, January 20, 2003 by Tony Kontzer
Discusses the need for useful search engines in corporate intranets. Describes
experiences in Ford's Learning Network using Autonomy
Bank One and Kaiser Permanente using the Google
for simplicity, low cost and speed; KMPG UK's use of
for sophisticated taxonomy and social networking;
Gateway's implementation of iPhrase
for support technicians; and EDS using Recommind
for role-related search results.
- Verity: True
Value EContent Magazine, July 2002 by Sandy Serva
Quotes from company president describe success with the Siemens worldwide
web search, Cisco CD-based documentation and Southwest Bell tariff data handling.
- Adding Search
To Enterprise Apps InformationWeek, May 6 2002 by Tony Kontzer
Information on the new K2 Developer version, which includes personalization
and categorization capabilities for integration with OEMs. Reports that FileNet
plans to replace Hummingbird Fulcrum with Verity K2 in it's CMS, Bell Globemedia
Interactive has replaced AltaVista with Verity for text search, supplementing
Virage video search.
- Verity Soars to
new Heights IT-Director.com, October 1 2001 by "Caterpillar"
Praises features of K2Enterprise, especially the "Social Networks"
feature which is supposed to identify subject experts by their behavior and
link them to internal information and other experts. Also mentions high-profile
Verity installations. Reader comments are more skeptical.
far and wide for the right data InfoWorld, August 27 / September 3,
2001 by Cathleen Moore.
Describes the value of search engines and categorization as essential elements
of corporate portal infrastructures, to handle the "deluge" of information
within enterprises. Quotes Aberdeen analyst Guy Creese who points out that
without a good way to search, corporations would be "blowing their investment
in the content". Covers recent announcements of search and categorization
features by Autonomy, Verity,
and Smartlogik (Muscat).
technology gains recognition InfoWorld, July 30, 2001 by Cathleen Moore
Covers search and categorization technology for corporations from Verity
and Smartlogik (Muscat). Includes analyst quotes
about the importance of search in handling huge amounts of content. Describes
Verity "Social Networks" using business rules to make taxonomies
more useful. Smartlogik's Muscatdiscovery search engine stresses natural-language
searching, Muscatstructure provides rules-based categorization, both can integrate
into application servers using Java or Com+.
links buyers, sellers eWeek, February 5, 2001 by Grant Du Bois
Coverage of Verity K2 Catalog, e-commerce portal framework for categorization,
display and personalization of product information. Can search by price or
part number, suggest complementary products. Allows search admin to control
the products for specified strings, based on their search log analysis.
Tame Chaotic Content -- Packaged software helps Nasdaq parent rein in multiple
systems InternetWeek July 10, 2000 by Ted Kemp
Description of the National Association of Securities Dealers intranet site,
which is using the Verity Portal One software to customize the portal, index,
search and categorize files.
add-on makes portals easier to build, navigate Infoworld, March 22
1999 by Emily Fitzloff
Product announcement for Verity Knowledge Organizer, which lets catalogers
classify data and add pages to categories
Rebounds, Ships Document Management Duo Jim Kertetter, PCWeek Online
December 7, 1998
Describes introduction of KeyView Pro 6.5 and HTML Export 2.0, and covers
corporate problems in previous quarters.
- CDnow Improves Search Tooltipworld.com
Internet Daily, July 14, 1998
Even if you can't spell "potato," new search capabilities in the
music database at online retailer CDnow Inc. will make it easier for you to
find your music. Using new search technology from Verity Inc., visitors to
the CDnow (CDNW) site will be able to locate artists' information even if
they can't spell the name correctly. "Can't find Alanis Morisette at
other music stores? CDnow is the only online music store that will find you
Alanis Morissette," said Chief Executive Jason Olim.
search toolkit debuts InfoWorld, April 27, 1998 by Torsten Busse
Describes new search toolkit, Verity K2, based on multi-node symmetrical multiprocessor
hardware and multithreaded OS architectures. It allows topic searches across
multiple data sources and results in less than two seconds even for hundreds
of thousands of documents.
Verity settle lawsuit, sign licensing agreement. InfoWorld Electric,
June 8, 1998 by Clare Haney
Verity had accused Lotus of breaking a license agreement and incorporating
advanced search features in Lotus Notes 5.0. In the settlement, Lotus will
license the KeyView filtering technology.
- K2 Aids
Data Retrieval PC Week, April 24, 1998 by Christy Walker
Describes the Verity K2 toolkit for knowledge management.
Up Quality Searches Internet Computing, March, 1998 by Kevin Railsback
Comprehensive comparative review of AltaVista eXtension
97, Integrated I-Search 3.0, Microsoft
Index Server 2.0, Innotech Net Results 1.2,
Verity Search 97 Information Server and Netscape
Compass 3.0 (recommended).
- Verity at TREC-6 (PostScript
GZ file): NIST Special Publication 500-240: The Sixth Text REtrieval
Conference (TREC 6) 1997, by J.O. Pedersen, C. Silverstein, C.C. Vogt (Verity,
Inc.) p. 259-274. Describes how the Verity search engine performed
in standard tests of information retrieval, specifically targeting recall
of Site Search Packages WebReview Nov. 21, 1997
Chart covering Excite, Microsoft Index Server,
ht://Dig, Verity Search97, Netscape
Catalog and SWISH.
Up Knowledge -- Products from Fulcrum and Verity can help you tap previously
inaccessible information streams (TechWeb News, November 17, 1997, by
Comparative review describes features: Verity's cross-platform options
are an advantage, but the system is less flexible than Fulcrum.
- Internal Search
Engines Get You Where You Want To Go TechWeb October 15, 1997 by
Good, thorough coverage of AltaVista eXtension 97, Folio siteDirector 3.1,
Ultraseek 1.1, Inmagic/Lycos, DB/Text Intranet Spider, ISYS:Web 2.0,
Maxum Phantom 2.0; Microsoft Index Server 3.0, Netscape Compass 3.0, Quadralay WebWorks Search 2.0, Verity IntelliServe
1.0, freeWAIS 0.3, WebGlimpse 4.0B1 and SWISH
- US Department of Education
1997 report on Verity Search '97
The evaluation praises technical support, administrative interface, customization,
moderate hard disk requirements. Can't do an incremental re-index of sites.
- Software Review:
Verity IntelliServe 1.0 (Intranet Design Magazine, Sept. 25, 1997,
by Rob Bilson.
Thoughtful discussion of issues, CPU requirements and such.
Viewer Eyes Lotus' SmartSuite PC Week, September 5, 1997 by Jim Kerstetter
Lotus and Verity are working together to provide access to SmartSuite documents
from other applications, such as Microsoft Office, using KeyView technology.
- Buyer's Guide: Search Engines
WebServer OnLine, 1997 by Lang Zerner
Tables for platforms and configuration, indexing, document types, query languages.
Covers AltaVista, Fulcrum,
Microsoft Index Server, Compass
(now from Netscape), PLWeb Turbo, Excalibur,
Verity Search '97 and Ultraseek.
- ServerWatch Search
'97 entry, dated March 1998, provides a feature list.
with Info Overload -- Verity's IntelliServ 1.0 manages mounds of information
with cutting-edge search power (TechWeb News, August 18, 1997, Rich Santalesa)
Good review and description of installing, administering and using Verity's
IntelliServ 1.0 for intranets.
Fusion keeps getting better InfoWorld, July 28, 1997, by Maggie Biggs
Review mentions that Allaire's
Cold Fusion includes Verity Search '97 indexing.
- As of May, 1998, an Allaire
feature list says, in part:
"Search Engine - Transparently index and search unstructured textual
data stored in relational databases as well as standard text and desktop document
files with the embedded Verity SEARCH97 full-text indexing and searching engine.
Create document summaries and use an optimized text query language to build
intelligent search interfaces and applications. (Extensible to support indexing
and searching languages in addition to English.)"
- A real find
for intranet searches (review of Verity) PC Week Review, July 21,1997
Short but thoughtful review of setup, administration and use of IntelliServ
To Verity Fortunes? -- Netscape to use Verity search, retrieval software
April 21, 1997, TechWeb News, Michael Kanellos.
Short news article about Netscape bundling Search '97 into various web and
application server configurations.
- Search'97 from Verity -- Making Text Retrieval an Application Patricia
Seybold Group, 1996 by Geoffrey E. Bock. (Not available
Describes features and benefits of Verity Search '97.
the HEP Web (indexing & searching with Verity)
Instructions for the High Energy Physics web sites to install and use Verity.
PC Magazine, October 10, 1995 by Kevin Reichard
Old but interesting review of Verity's Topic product line.
Date Modified: 2005-12-31