Endeca, a next-generation search and information access company, announced that it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,035,864 covering the company's hierarchical data-driven navigation system and method for information retrieval, widely known in the search and information access markets as the Guided Navigation experience.

Invented in 2000, the Guided Navigation experience is made possible by a fundamental breakthrough in search and information access technology. It helps people using Web or enterprise applications to find relevant information by guiding them in an interface that always keeps information in context. The context is created by dynamically exposing the dimensions, attributes and other relationships in the underlying data set. This experience helps people navigate content, analyze information sets, refine search results lists, and combine search and browse behaviors. Guided Navigation encourages exploration and discovery because people no longer have to guess the perfect search query or anticipate the specific classification schema of the underlying data.

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