With relatively little fanfare, the IBM Alphaworks team announced IBM OmniFind Personal E-mail Search a couple of weeks ago.  This free download is a desktop search tool that works with Notes or Outlook.  I haven't installed it yet, but Andy Dorman at Network Computing took it for a spin:

Rather than finding a specific email message or thread, Omnifind is aimed at searching for unstructured data: the information buried within an inbox. And it looks like one of the first genuinely useful desktop applications based on the Semantic Web -- an idea that has been somewhat eclipsed by Web services and Web 2.0, but which could eventually unite them with SOA.  ...

IBM goes beyond Google in a couple of areas. First, the tags are fully exposed so that people can use them in searches. Type "John address" and the system will show every street address in an email from (or mentioning) someone called John -- even if the word "address" doesn't appear. A large email archive could include hundreds of messages from people called John, of course, so there are lots of duplicates. But that's a good thing if the point is to find and map the street address buried in his email signature, as the frequency of messages helps the program guess which John you're looking for. Who needs a separate contact database when everyone's info is already in your inbox?
Sounds pretty interesting.  Notes, of course, has had built-in full-text search since way way back, but not tagging or some of the other semantic features.  

Link: Network Computing: Can IBM Bring the Semantic Web to Notes and Outlook?  >

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