Omnity is a 'semantic mapping' search engine that's now offered for free

omnity semantic mapping search engine now free featured
If you want to conduct general searches on things a typical person would want to know, then you head over to Google, Bing, or a less popular but very private search engine like DuckDuckGo. Those sites are great at finding information that’s commonly linked between sites and discovered with common search terms.

But sometimes there’s a need for another kind of search, namely to locate documents that aren’t explicitly linked or otherwise referenced between each other but where each contains the same rare terms. In those cases, a method called “semantic mapping” becomes valuable, and there’s now a free option that does just that, as Engadget reports.

Omnity is a search firm that has been providing a paid service to businesses and educational institutions involving the performance of semantic mapping. That is, the Omnity search engine looks specifically for rare words in otherwise unrelated documents that likely indicate that those documents are in fact related. Semantic mapping is great for looking for information in scientific, medical, engineering, and legal documents, along with patents and internal organizational information, that aren’t otherwise explicitly connected.

Now that Omnity has opened up its search engine to the public, anyone can create a free Omnity account and start searching via the engine’s semantic mapping function. You just enter your terms in the very typical search bar, and Omnity populates a graphical representation of documents and the relationships between them — it’s a highly visual result that helps searchers find information that might otherwise be difficult to identify as important. Here is an example of an Omnity search result (click to enlarge):


The search process isn’t as fast as Google or other typical search engines because Omnity digs through its database looking for connections between documents based on the search terms. The results are also much narrower compared to the hundreds of thousands or millions of pages that can result from searching the usual engines.

Omnity’s results are visual groupings of related documents that can then be drilled into for more in-depth information and deeper searches for yet more related documents. Searchers can even upload their own documents, which will be crawled to identify the rare words and phrases they contain, which in turn will be used to find semantic relationships with other documents in the Omnity database.

Google and Bing don’t have to fret over Omnity’s emergence as a free search engine, of course. Omnity is best for students and researchers who are looking for in-depth information or for obscure information that’s unlikely to show up in search engines that rank pages for common keywords and incoming links. For those interested in giving the search engine a whirl, Omnity is now free and open to the public.


Microsoft to separate Cortana from search with the next version of Windows 10

Changes are on the way for two key features in Windows 10. A separation of Windows 10 search and Cortana will allow Microsoft to more often innovate on each of the features independently.

Get your pilot skills up to snuff for this week's 'Fortnite' challenge guide

The Fortnite season 7, week 7 challenges are now available. The major challenge this week requires you to visit all the Fortnite expedition outposts in the game and we walk you through how to get to each.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Home Theater

New TV? Here's where to go to watch the best 4K content available

Searching for content for your new 4K UHD TV? Look no further. We have every major source of the best 4K content, along with the cost, hardware requirements, and features that make each service worth a look.

Faster new PCIe 5.0 standard leapfrogs the best feature of AMD’s Ryzen 3

PCIe 5.0 will bring even faster data transfers, but it may only be found on HPCs and servers initially. The standard is four times faster than your current PC at transferring data, and new devices could appear later this year.

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for January 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.

Keep your laptop battery in tip-top condition with these handy tips

Learn how to care for your laptop's battery, how it works, and what you can do to make sure yours last for years and retains its charge. Check out our handy guide for valuable tips, no matter what type of laptop you have.

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.

Don't spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Asus Zenbook 13: In battle of champions, who will be the victor?

The ZenBook 13 UX333 continues Asus's tradition of offering great budget-oriented 13-inch laptop offerings. Does this affordable machine offer enough value to compete with the excellent Dell XPS 13?

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?