In recent weeks I've been thinking about how to approach this Scripps Institute opportunity. To recap, $570 million (estimated at $1 billion as of 6/30/04) has been committed by state & local government to build a Scripps Institute in Palm Beach County inspired by its historical location in La Jolla, CA and its reputation as the leading research institution in America. That and all its spinoffs means that something like $6 billion (my estimate) is going to get spent on real estate investment within 100 miles of there over the next 10 or 20 years. (The Scripps development is about 50 miles north of Boca Raton, Florida.)
I'm imagining an entreprenurial effort that will involve:
An excellent library of general information is available from local newspapers, especially the Palm Beach Post. With what Fred and Davin have taught me, I have the ability to write a program which will maintain a copy of this library in my computer. Additional material will be added from other sources. This list has about 200 articles and I have 50 or so from other sources. Within a few months this library is likely to have 1000 html pages filled with information about the corporations, politics, and personalities as well as lots of hard information to help in real estate development. Maintenance procedures have already been developed for SwimGold.org (9000 pages) and RaceMatters.org (1100 pages). Three domain names have been purchased for whatever we wish to put on the web:
Much of the material will be copyrighted and thus not appropriate to put on the web. Whenever we share this information with someone else, it is likely to be on a DVD. It is critical that we have a good search engine devoted to our content. So, we need the ability to maintain a search index of our library on our computer. Fred, could your search facility, or part of it, be available to do this ? Or, do you know of a search facility that would do the job?
PC Magazine review of Desktop Search Engines dated 3/2/05. "All desktop search tools are founded on the same basic idea. When you install the app, it creates an index of your data, building a list of all the words used in various e-mail messages, attachments, files, and data-bases (such as calendars and contacts). Then it lets you search that index, quickly tracking down long-lost items, often in the blink of an eye. And as data continues to pile up on your hard drive, the app regularly updates its index, so you always have instant access to even your newest files."
We have a major concern about having search engine capability with some or all of the following criteria:
Here's Bill Parke's comment about Google. The Google API is free; the main limitation is 1000 search requests per user per day. Here's where you get started: www.google.com/apis/. Download the package and get yourself a user registration and you'll be ready to go.
This is our list of the most important search engines. (We'd like to put them in order and show the amount of traffic each gets.)