Search-Based Applications – The Book!

Though we’ve been discussing Search-Based Applications (SBAs) in this blog (and on our website) for some time now, don’t feel alone if you’re still not quite sure exactly what SBAs are and how they work. Now Morgan & Claypool Publishers has come to the rescue with a new book, Search-Based Applications: At the Confluence of Search and Database Technologies written by Exalead’s Chief Science Officer Gregory Grefenstette and resident writer and analyst Laura Wilber.

Published as part of the Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services series edited by Gary Marchionini of the University of North Carolina, the book provides students, researchers and professionals alike with an understanding of the significance, function, capabilities and limitations of SBAs.

Along the way, the authors shed light on the growing convergence of search and database technologies, with particular emphasis on the recent evolutions in search technology that are enabling the SBA revolution.


They also situate the SBA phenomenon within the larger context of evolutions taking place on the Web, including conceptions of the Deep Web, the Semantic Web, and the Mobile Web, and what these evolutions may mean for the next generation of SBAs.

You can take a sneak peek at the first chapter and other excerpts at See also the review by Martin White on Intranet Focus.

Congratulations Gregory and Laura!