Groxis, a provider of visual search software, has announced the launch of Grokker E.D.U., a search-and-research software platform for the education market. It also announced implementations at a number of school districts and universities, including Stanford University. The platform provides an optimized version of Grokker 2.2, the company's visual search-and-research application that captures content from multiple data sources and presents results in a visual map. The platform has been designed to incorporate many different data and information resources relevant to educational settings.
Grokker E.D.U. has been designed to support new research databases, such as WorldCat, Library of Congress, and HighWire Press. Groxis plans to release these research-ready plug-ins for Grokker E.D.U. soon after the launch, and continuing throughout the upcoming year. Grokker E.D.U. also provides customized features, such as a bibliography generator, a list maker, and map and text exporting capabilities.
The Grokker E.D.U. release comes after a phase of collaboration and dialog with leading educators. Stanford University, one of Groxis's first customers in the education market, contributed to the development of Grokker E.D.U., which now serves as a single access point for many information sources that are available to the Stanford community. The Stanford implementation provides the Grokker platform to all students, faculty, and staff, giving them a single point of access to Socrates, the Stanford Library information system; HighWire Press; Academic Search Premier; Expanded Academic; the Library of Congress; and seven internet search engines. The platform's cross search feature allows users to create a single query from any combination of these information sources and returns a visual map containing results from all selected sources.