One that got away: Deep Web Technology keeps growing

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By Roger Snodgrass

SANTA FE – Deep Web Technologies, a company born in Los Alamos in 2002, continues to thrive two years after moving to Santa Fe. The company now has 20 employees, up from 12 at that time.

Company founder and President Abe Lederman still lives in White Rock and commutes to Santa Fe. With two children in the Los Alamos Schools, he has no plans to relocate. He’s happy with the arrangement, he said during an interview in his office Monday.

“Santa Fe has been a better place for recruiting people,” he said. “I also struggled to find office space in Los Alamos.”

Deep Web’s offices in Santa Fe are on the second floor of building on North Guadalupe Street near Paseo de Peralta that has a FedEx Kinko’s and a coffee shop on the ground floor.

Lederman worked for several years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but said the lack of a lab connection was a factor in locating the business.

“We don’t do any work with the lab, or in New Mexico for that matter,” he said. As an aside, he added, “The lab could use our technology,” blaming “the not-invented-here syndrome” for the missed opportunity.

Deep Web specializes in search tools for the vast dominions of the Internet that are submerged in specialized databases and therefore invisible to ordinary search engines.

The company has parlayed a series of Small Business Innovation Research grants and an ongoing relationship with a visionary champion in the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information into a growing stable of websites that feature its search software.

The list now includes Science.gov, an alliance of 16 federal science organizations; WorldWideScience.org, a global collection of 28 scientific databases; Scitopia.org, which so far aggregates scientific literature from another 21 professional associations and societies; and the latest offering, ScienceResearch.com that promises to be a cascade, or federation of federated research sites.

“We’ve done a major upgrade of our technology in the last six months,” Lederman said, speaking of the World Wide Science and Scitopia sites. The upgrade for Sci.gov is in the works.

The visitor to these sites types in a simple query that Deep Web software translates into language that negotiates access to the multiple troves of information.

A simple search for nanotechnology on Scitopia takes about 10 seconds to pull up 650 results. A few seconds later, the page says there are 180 more hits that can be added to the results. These can be sorted by rank, date, author and title. A side bar of “clusters” breaks down the topic into some major categories, including “development,” “technology,” “research,” “carbon nano-tubes,” and “thin films,” among many others; as well as key authors, publications, publishers and affiliations. A single click pulls up 116 summaries with links to papers from the current year.

Other partnerships include the federated search function for the Intel Library and the Defense Technical Information Center.

On another front, Deep Web’s search tool, the Explorit Research Accelerator is powering the Missouri Digital Heritage Project, providing access to a historical database that includes birth and death certificates and a variety of information about people and places in the state’s history.

The company also sponsors a “Federated Search Blog,” which takes an industry-wide view. Monday, Abe’s brother Sol Lederman contributed a profile of “Todd Miller: Federated search luminary.” Miller is one of the pioneers of the business who recently sold his company WebFeat to a larger company ProQuest.

June 25, Deep Web was named DOE’s Small Business of the Year for its SBIR program. A little earlier this year, the company was named one of New Mexico’s Flying Forty, honoring the state’s fastest growing high-tech firms.