While small-scale search engines in specific domains and languages are increasingly desired by Web users, most existing search engine development tools do not support the development of search engines in languages other than English, cannot be integrated with other applications, or rely on proprietary software. A tool that supports search engine creation in multiple languages is thus highly desired. To study the research issues involved, we designed and implemented a toolkit, called SpidersRUs, for multilingual search engine creation. The toolkit consists of a Spider module, an Indexer module, a Search module, a Graphical User Interface module, and an Index Structure. This study demonstrates that the proposed architecture is feasible in effectively and efficiently developing search engines in different language such as Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Arabic.
We would like to thank Chia-Jung Hsu for his contribution to this project. We would also like to thank other members of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Arizona who have tested the toolkit and shared with us their ideas and comments.
In this study, we reviewed related literature and suggested the criteria for an ideal search tool. We proposed an architecturefor a multilingual search engine building tool and implemented it in Java programming language. The design and implementation of the tool consists of a Spider module, an Indexer module, a Search module, a Graphical User Interface module, and an Index Structure. We also conducted a case study on using the tool to develop a medical search engine in Chinese and demonstrated the effectiveness and efficiency of the toolkit.
Funding for this research was received from the following sources:
|IIS-9817473||April 1999 – March 2002|
|NSF Digital Library Initiative-2|
|High-performance Digital Library Systems: From Information Retrieval to Knowledge Management|
|NSF National SMETE Digital Library||$92,965|
|Intelligent Collection Services for and about Educators and Students: Logging, Spidering, Analysis and Visualization|
|Dr. Hsinchun Chen|
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