Google gains visual searches

Data-visualization software provider anacubis, an I2 Ltd. company, this week integrated its anacubis Viewer technology with the Google Inc. Web APIs service to allow developers to visually explore relationships between Web sites.

The Java- and XML-based anacubis Viewer lets users visually navigate and explore online structured data. The technology automatically creates a visual representation of complex data by representing elements such as people or organizations as pictures or icons and by showing relationships between the elements.

The technology "can help you discover linkages in the information to get a better understanding of the data," said Greg Coyle, vice president of business development at anacubis in Cambridge, England . "It is a challenge to get that kind of intelligence out of pages and pages of text."

Plugged into the Google Web APIs service, the anacubis visualization technology provides the same benefits to developers who are using the Google Web service to create software programs capable of querying more than three billion Web documents, according to anacubis officials. Google uses SOAP and WSDL to let developers program common environments such as Java, Perl, or Visual Studio .Net. The anacubis Viewer also taps SOAP to integrate into the Google Web APIs service.

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