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Quaero vs google


Quaero is billed as Europe’s answer to Google, but it has a lot to live up to.

Quaero is not a text-based search engine but is mainly meant for multimedia search. The search engine utilizes techniques for recognizing, transcribing, indexing, and automatic translation of audiovisual documents ant it will operate in several languages. There is also mention of automatic recognition and indexing of images.

So far Quaero is just a scattering of top tech minds in labs across France and Germany, working on what they hope will be the world’s most advanced multimedia search engine.

Recognition of video usually means automatic voice recognition and search in the recognized text, like in the podcast and video search engine Podscope. What they mean by automatic recognition of images, however, will be very interesting to find out. Will Quaero to some extent be able to recognize the contents of an image? Any way it seems that Quaero has more advanced technology in this area than e.g. Yahoo! or Google.

Tough challenge

“We must meet the global challenge of the American giants Google and Yahoo,” Chirac said in an address last week laying out his policy priorities for 2006.

“Today the new geography of knowledge and cultures is being drawn. Tomorrow, that which is not available online runs the risk of being invisible to the world,” he said.

Designers insist that Quaero will not just be a search engine but a set of tools for translating, identifying and indexing images, sound and text.

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