Google launches Cross-Language Enterprise Search

December 19, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Google is in the process of rolling out a new cross-language feature that should aid customers developing globalized applications and searches.

Cross-Language Enterprise Search will work only with the Google Enterprise Search Appliance (for documents on a companies network/intrenet) and will find internal documents written in any language, no matter what language was used to create the query.

Companies will be able to tie and manage documents and collateral stored accross their enterprise, by allowing the engine to search throughout the system using the cross-language feature to find the documents in any one of 34 languages.

“Google Search Appliance is meant to mix 30 million documents, since the search appliance can do that all you have to do is point to all the servers,” said Cyrus Mystry, product manager, Google Enterprise Labs[cq].

The cross-language tool can leverage Google’s machine translation technology to automatically translate the returned document if that feature is activated by the administrator through a dropdown menu. Otherwise, it can bring back the search results in the language they were written in.

While machine translation has a reputation for being notoriously inaccurate, Google has leveraged the Web and it’s vast amount of documents that are in multiple languages, using statistical analysis to create a more accurate rendering of one language into another. This is perhaps the holy grail of modern machine translation.

Recently, Google also created a translation feature that allows users to enter text or a Web URL pointing to a document, and have it automatically translated.


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