photography, especially wildlife photography, is responsible for many of my
vacation choices. Yellowstone National Park, sitting on a hot spot in the
middle of a tectonic plate, not only has exceptional geologic features, but
wildlife overflowing its boundaries -- wolves, bison, grizzly bears, black
bears, elk. It's a photographer's paradise and we go about once a year, picking
different seasons, to take advantage of Spring babies and the Autumn elk rut.
every afternoon, after a day of hiking, we search for wildlife. Rangers point us
to sightings that might be interesting to photograph, and we look for the perfect spot
to setup cameras and scope, as we wait for a hungry animal to follow its nose,
to take home some tasty morsels to the little ones waiting patiently.
end up seeing nothing, or a small “dot” moving along the edge of the pines. But
other times we hit the jackpot! Drama enfolds as a lone wolf comes trotting through a pond, or an
entire pack is on the hunt. And who can resist a mother black
bear with tiny cubs no larger than a basketball, clumsily trying to make their
way up a tree, afraid to fall.
If only we
could find the animals without too much effort!
Introducing Oracle Knowledge
comes to finding the knowledge content needed to answer your questions about Oracle
products, you use the search engine in My Oracle Support. You put in a few
relevant terms and a list of articles, bugs, and other reference materials, is
into a search engine? How come you can find what you need (and more!) at
Google, but sometimes it takes half a dozen different search strings to find an
article in MOS that solves your problem?
A new search
engine is headed down the pipe that incorporates intelligent searching. Oracle
engineers have been testing and tuning "Oracle Knowledge" before its release to our Customers
in MOS. Look for it sometime this
we began the arduous process necessary to tame such a beast for external
use. The Proactive Support team spent
countless hours laying the groundwork for such a search engine to be released. Precision test cases were evaluated, a
baseline for performance was struck, and acronyms and synonyms were developed
until we all nearly lost consciousness!
the new search engine was in place and the time came for me to perform the
first of many new searches. Not
expecting much, I tentatively reached for the "Search" button and…. BAM! My first hits were exactly what I had HOPED
to see! I was so excited, I told my
friends at home (but they weren’t as excited about it as I was).
search engine allows for grammatically rich search strings, processes natural language queries, so you will be able to
search on "How do I do X?"
As yet, we
don’t have a final interface, so no screen shots here. But stay tuned, because
once we are finished testing and tuning it internally, it will become the MOS
search engine. Prepare to be amazed!
When a steep
hillside and thick underbrush separate us from an osprey nest, we enthusiastically
put on our backpacks, carry 20 lbs of camera gear and stroll with great purpose
beyond the parking lot, beyond those who will not venture into the wild, and
(keeping our distance!) we watch in wonder at a small piece of the cycle that
has repeated itself since time immemorial, across the globe -- parents and their
young, home, food.
Having a way
to directly find the wildlife would take some of the fun out of it for us, but
we're betting that you will be happy that we have lightened your load, and that
your searches will be amply rewarded with minimal effort.
P.S. Have a question about what else we are working on? Let us know by posting a comment!