Recently Iâ€™ve been working on more information architecture projects where federated search is a discussed and important part of the overall solution. These projects are for corporations looking to improve their external websites and internal intranets.
These posts examine the use of federated search in the library and corporate (or business) settings. They look at articles focused on federated search for libraries, then look at articles about federated search in business and interviews two experts in their fields to identify benefits and drawbacks of federated search.
Although there are many drawbacks to federated search, a particular benefits stands out: being able to do an early search or pre-query to get a feel for the resources available, where they are located, and how much they cost.