Press Release - January 19, 2009

Vantage Linguistics' iSEEK Wins AltSearchEngines's Search Engine Race

iSEEK Targeted Discovery Search Engine, outperforms over 250 entrants in 2008 AltSearchEngines Search Race

Newtown, Pa, 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.

Through iSEEK's Targeted Discovery, which draws out quick facts including; topics, people, places, dates, etc., iSEEK users can dynamically and instantly target relevant results. iSEEK analyzes every query's search results, identifying themes, topics, and more, then organizes the results. Rather than wading through a mini-web of thousands of results, one by one, in some indiscernible order, users are guided to a specific set of relevant results with iViews.

iSEEK was built upon the same technology as iSEEK Education: the technology embedded within Vantage Learning's signature MY Access! writing program, used by more than 1,000,000 students worldwide. iSEEK Education allows educators, students and administrators to access a targeted search engine that narrows down hundreds of thousands of authoritative resources from university, government, and established noncommercial providers. It provides time-saving intelligent search and a personal Web-based library to help you locate the most relevant results immediately and find them quickly later. The platform uses advanced linguistic, conceptual, and AI technologies to make Web search more relevant, direct, productive, and intelligent. Through this theme, they created Targeted Discovery, and a new means to retrieve information from the Web. Features include:

  • Targeted Discovery: Web searches that offer more intelligent, intuitive searching and providing intelligent, organized, results to users.
  • iViews: Allows users to specify the kind of information they want with relevant iViews and results based upon consistent themes and topics each time a user does a search.
  • Natural Language Queries: Users can easily search through natural words and questions as iSEEK will automatically look for meaning and concepts embedded into the questions posed by the reader.
  • Target Results for Professional and Personal Needs: Allows users to search within a professional field or domain of knowledge to find information towards their area of expertise. The result is high-quality, substantial results. For example, teachers can create comprehensive lesson plans using iSEEK Education.

"We are honored to not only be nominated by our users but also elected by them as one of the most employable and effective search engines," says John Burke, VP of iSEEK. "It's always been a priority to establish a search engine that leverages the power of iSEEK Education to quickly provide targeted, extensive results to our users. We're proud that our users prefer iSEEK for its easy-to-navigate search engine."

Vantage intends to continue expanding their iSEEK technology to meet their users' needs through targeted development and user feedback. For more information on Vantage, iSEEK, and iSEEK Education, please visit www.iseek.com.

About iSEEK

iSEEK™ - Discover, Target, Organize, Act

Revolutionizing the search industry, iSEEK™ turns the burdensome task of finding what you are looking for into an exciting and unique experience. Rather than a popularity-based, statistical keyword search, iSEEK™ analyzes words and their conceptual and contextual meanings and relationships to guide users to the answers they are seeking. Information is intelligently and dynamically organized into iViews™, presenting actionable results in targeted sets of answers, topics, people, organizations, and more. Revolutionary Searchblade™ and Targeted Discovery™ technologies further refine the search process, pulling information only from reputable and authoritative resources to produce relevant and meaningful responses to a query. Corporations, government organizations, and educational agencies throughout the world use iSEEK™, iSEEK Enterprise™, AnswerWorks™, and FreeAnswers™ to improve the link between intention and action of user search, creating more intelligent user/computer interactions.

About Vantage Linguistics

Built on more than 30 years of international research, Vantage Linguistics is the world leader in the development of linguistic software solutions to effectively find, process, and communicate information in today's global marketplace. Holding nearly 40 patents in natural language processing and artificial intelligence, Vantage Linguistics provides both pioneering technologies and acquired offerings formerly associated with renowned companies such as INSO, Lernout & Hauspie, Sail Research Labs, and WexTech.

World-class organizations such as Microsoft, Apple, Intuit, IBM, AOL, and Oracle have chosen Vantage Linguistics' components to enhance their products and services, improve internal communications, and reach a global market. In fact, more than 350 million end users are touched by our multilingual proofing and search technology every day. Learn more at www.VantageLinguistics.com.