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- 13th May 2011
Zanran - The new search engine for data
Zanran is a new data finder search engine founded by Jon Goldhill and Yves Dassas. The website helps users to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web which may be difficult to find through traditional search engines.
Zanran say, “Zanran doesn't work by spotting wording in the text and looking for images – it's the other way round. The system examines millions of images and decides for each one whether it's a graph, chart or table – whether it has numerical content.”
I decided to search for, ‘most expensive places to rent office space 2011'. Nothing particularly relevant appeared. However, when I removed ‘2011’, data appeared; much of it though was outdated by 2-3 years. This is what I found:
The same process was repeated with Google. Even without the date, Google found the most up to date information for what I was looking for.
The concept of Zanran is great, but I found it difficult to find what I was looking for. Perhaps with time, this really could become the Google Search Engine for Data as Zanran describe themselves as on their website.