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Collaborative Search Portal Allows Missourians to Explore Their Past Online

Deep Web Technologies Designs Search Engine for Researchers Who Want It All

SANTA FE, N.M., June 26, 2008 — Missouri has launched a free collaborative search portal that integrates millions of historical documents from the state's local libraries, universities and cultural institutions in a single web gateway. Powered by Deep Web Technologies' Explorit Research Accelerator, Missouri Digital Heritage is designed to further Missourians' access to information about the history of people and places in the state.

The site includes multiple types of documents, including photographs and other digitized primary sources, such as historical documents, in nearly 20 different "Collections." These collections – from Agriculture to Women – allow users to quickly explore hot topical areas. To access them, Deep Web Technologies developed a federated search that is able to search all types of databases, deliver all types of documents and evolve quickly to include new content and content partners. The search engine also allows sites with limited technology resources to participate since there's no need to index data.

In addition to varying content, Missouri Digital Heritage supports a broad spectrum of historians – including novice genealogists – which drove the design of the search engine. Searches on Missouri Digital Heritage return every result, contrary to standard federated searches, which limit results to the most relevant.

"This is a unique project because of the queries this site is designed to handle," said Abe Lederman, CTO of Deep Web Technologies. "A family historian may have only a fragment of a name or a street address that they want to explore. By delivering every hit – even the most remote – we significantly increase their opportunity to put another piece of their family tree in place. Missouri Digital Heritage is truly designed to support every local researcher's needs."

The Missouri Secretary of State's office houses both the state archives and state library. Much of the content is hosted directly from these collections. The Missouri state archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value and is the definitive source of information on Missouri state and governmental history. The state library provides hundreds of grants per year through LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) funds distributed by the federal Institute of Museum & Library Services. Many collections included in the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative are made possible through this grant program.

To learn more about Deep Web Technologies search technology, visit To learn more about Missouri Digital Heritage log on at

About Deep Web Technologies

Deep Web Technologies ( creates custom, sophisticated federated search solutions for clients who demand precise, accurate results. Founded by industry thought-leader Abe Lederman, Deep Web Technologies created the powerful Explorit Research Accelerator, software that searches, retrieves, aggregates and analyzes content from deep web databases – data that is inaccessible to general search engines. Serving Fortune 500 companies, the Alliance, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Defense Technical Information Center,, and a variety of research and library alliances, Deep Web Technologies has built a reputation as the "researcher's choice" for its advanced, agile information discovery tools.

Deep Web Technologies is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it has earned four Flying 40 Awards as one of the fastest growing high-tech companies.

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