Higher Ed Institutions to benefit from Pay It Forward Program

Monday, July 8, 2013

SRCH2, the company that enables "Google-like" corporate search tools on any device, today launched its "Pay It Forward" program to help non-profit and higher education institutions increase their effectiveness. The program offers donated and deeply-discounted search software products and implementation services to these institutions, so they can focus more time and resources on achieving their missions.

As part of Pay It Forward, SRCH2 has enabled the UC Irvine Office of Technology Alliances to implement type-forward search with fuzzy error correction on its Android mobile application. Users of the app can easily search across non-confidential descriptions of technologies available for licensing from the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

"We have implemented SRCH2's new program into our Apple and Android app, UCIOTA, and are finding that it has made the search function more refined and easier for our users," said Earle Hager, business development manager for UCI's Office of Technology Alliances.

Commitment to non-profit and charity missions is deeply rooted at SRCH2. One of the first live implementations of the company's search software came as a result of Founder Chen Li's focus on the January 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath. That very powerful, 7.0 Mw earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 10, 2010, was catastrophic. It affected 3,000,000 people and killed more than 230,000.

In the after effects of the devastating earthquake, an immediate challenge was enabling people in the U.S., and elsewhere, to quickly learn the status of their friends and loved ones in Haiti. Communication was spotty and difficult and information was not readily available. Another major issue stemmed from holes in the data, such as partial names, married names, middle names, or misspellings. Records were often incomplete.

A few sites became repositories of this data. For example, Google created a site that centralized all available data and kept it updated. In the hours that followed, Li and his team took on the challenge of providing a powerful search on this data and created a widget for newspapers and other sites to use to display the data on their sites. The widget was powered by SRCH2 software and ran on Google's central victim database, which had information on 55,300 people. Major sites, including the Miami Herald, used the SRCH2 widget to relay information to people in the days after the earthquake. That widget is still running and can be found on the Miami Herald website.

"In the face of such devastation, it's hard to see how one can help," said Li. "We were encouraged by the Miami Herald's use of our family reunification tools, and the many people working on the People Finder project who gave us positive feedback. We played a small role, at a crucial time, when access to incomplete information was so vital. It is a pertinent reminder that we have to be ready to act, and to give back to the community when we can."

In complex and fast-moving situations such as the Haiti earthquake, there becomes an inherent need for simple tools, implemented quickly to offer full-text search with error correction. Search can quickly become mission-critical.

SRCH2's Pay It Forward program covers up to 70 percent of the license cost of its enterprise search software. Entry into the program is managed by SRCH2 and its affiliates. Integration and implementation services are also available, at a cost. For more information, please contact SRCH2 at contact@srch2.com. To sign up for Pay It Forward, visit http://srch2.com/payitforward.html.

SRCH2 3.0 is available for a free trial here: http://srch2.com/#try

About SRCH2
For data-driven sites, apps and devices in mobile, e-commerce, social, and emerging platforms who view search as a mission-critical differentiator, SRCH2 is search software reimagined. It gives them advanced search features with zero investment in development, reconfiguration, or modification, 31 times faster than what they might have otherwise. Unlike Lucene and search engines built on top of it, SRCH2 was built from the ground up to address the unmet needs of the data-driven world. SRCH2 is Search Forward. To learn more, please visit http://srch2.com/#try.