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Qbase Releases Upgraded MetaCarta GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr

New Version Introduces Polygonal Search Capabilities and Updated Interface

Reston, VA –– Qbase LLC., a leading provider of information technology and business intelligence solutions, just six months after acquiring MetaCarta, today announced the second generation of its MetaCarta GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr. The GeoSearch Toolkit which brought true geospatial document search to Solr, the popular open source enterprise search engine, now adds polygonal search as well as confidence and relevancy scoring to its offerings.

The GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr allows users to index and search their documents by keyword inside of a defined geographic area. Unlike other geospatial extensions to Solr, this approach allows documents to have multiple locations and takes the in-text character position of georeferences into account when computing relevancy scores.

With the addition of new features, users can now build sophisticated search solutions that go outside of circle or square boundaries and include polygonal areas. Additionally, new confidence and relevancy scores enable users to place more trust in returned results.

MetaCarta GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr allows users to:

  • Integrate with MetaCarta’s GeoTagger service to tag geographic references within documents

  • Search tagged geographic references in conjunction with full text queries

  • Filter results by bounding box, polygon, confidence or other geographic metadata

  • Rank results based on enhanced geographic relevance and confidence scoring

GeoSearch is used to build various user interfaces and may also integrate with other applications allowing users to focus on geographically relevant regions and documents. Since content is localized, GeoSearch drives geo-targeted advertising and categorizes content for better navigation resulting in increased page views, driving users to other relevant content or premium services and allowing maximum advertising rates.

“Since growing numbers of our customers are adopting Lucene and Solr we’ve seen an increase in functionality requests for the GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr,” said Ken Tomaselli, Vice President, MetaCarta. “We’ve answered the most recent requests with polygonal search and confidence and relevancy scoring and continue to gather feedback and information from government customers in order to provide access to our tools from a number of maps and search engines to ensure mission success.”

GeoSearch Toolkit for Solr is generally available. For more information, contact your MetaCarta sales organization.


About Qbase and MetaCarta, a Division of Qbase

Qbase is an innovative data solutions provider, delivering unique concepts and tools in the areas of business intelligence, data analytics, data fusion, modeling and visualization, and platforms for sensor data exploitation and geospatial information as well as high throughput computing. Qbase solutions facilitate improved access and delivery of actionable data content for commercial and military healthcare, federal, civilian, defense, homeland security and national information services agencies by applying innovative technology and demonstrated deployment methodologies. With the recent acquisition of MetaCarta Inc., the combined company also provides powerful technology for finding anything written about any place. MetaCarta’s unique technology combines geosearch and geotagging capabilities allowing users to find content about a location in internal and external data stores. MetaCarta’s products make data and unstructured content "location-aware" and geographically relevant for easier organization and quicker action.The new Qbase meets challenges to improve the effectiveness of our client’s data however, whenever and wherever it is needed. Qbase has offices in Reston, Virginia and Springfield, Ohio. For more information, please visit www.4qbase.com, www.metacarta.com.

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