Yesterday, Yahoo announced the launch of Build your Own Search Service, aka BOSS. The program allows third parties to utilize Yahoo's index and ranking methodologies to create their own search engines.
Semantic search engine hakia is using Yahoo's BOSS technology to accelerate its advanced QDEX (Query Detection and Extraction) technology. The Yahoo data is being combined with hakia's own crawled data, and then indexed and ranked by hakia.
“Accessing Yahoo!'s resources via Yahoo! Search BOSS geometrically increases our ability to QDEX the entire World Wide Web and usher in the next evolution of search – semantic, or natural language search,” said Dr. Riza Berkan, CEO of hakia. “BOSS is a great testament to Yahoo!'s foresight, strategic thinking and leadership, and illustrates the growing need for new technologies that will improve the user experience and overall search capabilities.”
Recently, hakia launched Syndication Web Services, allowing third parties to leverage their search.