Aileen Marshall ReportLinker: A Comprehensive Deep Web Crawler
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By Aileen Marshall

Abstract

Claiming the largest online collection of industry, company and country reports, ReportLinker uses semantic search technology to pull results from the deep web. This allows researchers to trawl around 200,000 public sources at once - along with premium content, reports from around 450 private publishers including World Market Intelligence, The Economist Intelligence Unit and Global Markets Direct.

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Information professionals are familiar with this situation: a client is asking for information about a product in different countries and you start combing through your usual suspects aka sources. And I am sure that each of us has wished at times that there was a search engine that allowed us to search public and private reports all at once. And while we lean back and dream of thousands of little spiders crawling the visible and deep web for us, the company UBIQUICK with its ReportLinker product is already taking steps in this direction.

ReportLinker is a search engine that provides online access to one of the largest collections of industry, company and country reports available on the web, both from public and private sources. The search algorithm uses semantic technology that offers refined search capacities, mining research and data-driven documents that are hidden in the deep web, while eliminating irrelevant results.

Through a subscription, customers have unlimited access to research and data content from 200,000 trusted public sources including embassies, trade unions and global organisations such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations Statistics Division. 10,000 of these public sources are crawled daily to make sure users have access to the freshest content available in areas such as technology trends and key players in mergers and acquisitions.

Premium reports from over 450 private publishers such as Frost & Sullivan and Datamonitor are also available for individual purchase. Within the premium content offer, ReportLinker provides access to over 850,000 data series from 50 global sources. Raw data provided in the data series from premium content can be transformed into graphs, charts, and tables, with the option to combine different datasets into one graphic. The data can then be downloaded as an Excel, PowerPoint, or PDF file.

ReportLinker has a user-friendly search interface with several advanced drill-down filters, offering quick ways to access content with a choice of keyword search, industry search, country search, or company. There's also an advanced search option with a variety of filters available. Users can share the results via email or social media (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Google+) and can also save their search as an alert to receive email updates with new data that corresponds to the search.

In addition to public and premium content, ReportLinker features free industry news articles (“Editor Highlights”) and more in-depth industry profiles on each industry landing page which are created by ReportLinker’s editorial team.

If you're a researcher looking for a service which covers not only company, country and industry information from around the world but public and private sources too, then ReportLinker is well worth checking out; and with the company behind it climbing steadily up the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA list, the service is sure to get better and better.

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