Spatially-Aware Information Retrieval on the Internet

SPIRIT (Spatially-Aware Information Retrieval on the Internet) is a research project engaged in the design and implementation of a search engine to find documents and datasets on the web relating to places or regions referred to in a query.

The project has been working on the creation of software tools and techniques that will be used to produce search engines and websites that display intelligence in the recognition of geographical terminology. In order to demonstrate and evaluate the project outcomes, a prototype spatially-aware search engine has been built and is serving as the platform for testing and evaluation of new techniques in geographical information retrieval.


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