Targeted Discovery

iSEEK is the search engine of the American Vantage Labs, which offers web-based solutions for the education sector. According to ISEEK, it uses linguistic, conceptual and AI technologies. The results page offers various options for refining results, e.g. by source, date or topic. Overall, however, the database appears to be rather small for "Sand" there were 49 results and for "Library" there were 58. At the same time, the results are only a few days old, which should probably keep the index up to date.

In addition to the web search, iSEEK offers a medical and academic search engine and one for business topics.

Language English

Launched 2007
Closed No

Developer Vantage Labs

Country of Origin US America

2007 - [...] Vantage Labs

Topic Universal

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Targeted discovery
Automated filtering
Natural language search engine

Used SeEn iSEEK

Robot: iSEEKbot (Source)

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

STEVE ERVIN (2013): »iSEEK Web is geared towards general users that are looking to use targeted discovery to perform searches. Both [Web and Education] of these search engines allow you to see information iSEEK gathered which will allow more targeted results and eliminate lots of information that may be irrelevant to you.« Source

Bloomberg: »Company Overview Vantage Technologies Knowledge Assessment, LLC, doing business as Vantage Learning, provides educational and commercial Web-based solutions for students and teachers worldwide. It offers Vantage Accountability Solution, a management solution to monitor school objectives, teacher effectiveness, and student progress. The company’s Vantage Accountability Solution includes iSEEK Supercruncher that enables teachers, school administrators, and district administrators to interact with their data, save, export, and share results; Student Progress Monitoring System, a Web-based platform that conducts cross-curricular student skills assessments using computer adaptive testing; MY Access! School Edition, a Web-based instructional writing and assessment program; and Real-Time Professional Development Department, which provides teachers with opportunities for practice, observation, feedback, coaching, and best practices modeling.

It provides Vantage Fusion, a school intelligence system that stores, manages, and reports on data relating to students, parents, facilities, teachers, vendors, transportation, counseling, health/nursing, library information, HR/finance, fee management, and district-wide learning management; IntelliMetric, an automated essay scoring solution to conduct attempts at writing assignments; and custom solutions and consulting services, including testing services and educational technology solutions.

The company offers consumer solutions, such as Web-based applications for students to learn through practice and guided instruction; DigitalSports, online a destination for youth sports information; and Lexipedia, a visual-based dictionary/thesaurus. It provides its products through its online store, partners, resellers, and representatives. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in New Hope, Pennsylvania with a sales office in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Vantage Technologies Knowledge Assessment, LLC operates as a subsidiary of Vantage Laboratories, Inc.« Source

»January 19, 2009 - Vantage Linguistics today announced their platform technology, iSEEK Targeted Discovery, is the winner of the 2008 AltSearchEngines's Search Race. Over 250 search engines were nominated and voted for by readers in competition for best alternative search engine.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

iSEEK™ About Us (2007): »The world isn't flat, and the web isn't either. So why is your search? At Vantage Labs, we wanted to use our advanced linguistic, conceptual, and AI technologies to make web search better - more relevant, direct, productive, and intelligent. But what we built isn't just a search engine at all. By making "web searches" more intelligent and intuitive, we left "searching" behind... and now offer you Targeted Discovery, the new era of information retrieval on the web.

Why iSEEK and Targeted Discovery? Target Information You Want with Relevant iViews and Results. Through our iView technology, you can dynamically and instantly target results that are relevant to you. iSEEK analyzes your search results each time you do a query, identifying themes, topics, and more and organizing your results for you. Rather than wading through a mini-web of thousands of results, one by one, in some indiscernible order, you are guided to a specific set of relevant results with iViews.

Discover New and Useful Information with Intelligent iViews and Results. iSEEK brings results to life, letting them tell you what they are about. Analyzing every set of results on-the-fly, iViews draw out topics, people, places, dates, and more from your results. You discover new facts and connections before even clicking a link. Make Searching Simpler with Natural Language Queries.

In iSEEK, you can use natural language to do your searches. Instead of relying on keyword pattern matching and algorithms, iSEEK knows the meaning and concepts embedded in the questions you ask, so it understands what you are asking and retrieves relevant information. No more strategically selecting keywords then adding to them, revising them, and requerying them to get the results you want - simply ask questions and get answers. Easily Target Authoritative Results for your Professional or Personal Needs with Searchblades.

With iSEEK Searchblades, you can cut through the riffraff when you are seeking high-quality, focused results. iSEEK's expanding selection of Searchblades enables you to search within a professional field or domain of knowledge to find information that is reputable and authoritative in that area of expertise. More than mere collections of hand-picked sites, Searchblades identify and search through relevant, trustworthy sources to bring you results that matter.« Source


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Vantage Linguistics (2009): Vantage Linguistics' iSEEK Wins AltSearchEngines's Search Engine Race URL:
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Created: 2015-08-27