All Internet data management software is divided into a number of almost independent group, each of them with well-known players:
- Internet search machines (Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, NorthernLight, etc.);
- Internet meta-search machines (Copernic2000, Web-Sleuth);
- software for downloading and storing whole pages and sites as opposed to Internet links (iHarvest, Telnet);
- software for texts' semantic analysis (Megaputer's TextAnalyst).
Nowadays market lacks software that would combine all of the functions listed above, and which would be able to perform the following:
- Search for information through the Web on scheduled basis.
- Try links found and filter Internet content.
- Download filtered data.
- Classify downloaded data semantically.
- Store classified data providing the ways of flexible and comfortable access to stored data (personal mini-encyclopedia).
Avalanche is the product that is made to cover the entire field. It is not an add-on to a search engine. It is a user-side absolutely independent comparatively large software package which has a number of logically connected functions:
- syntactic and semantic definition of information needed;
- means of scheduled automatic data search in WWW;
- downloading of the information found;
- semantic filtration and classification of incoming data;
- means of creating user's personal encyclopedia.
There are two different groups of Internet surfers who would need such product as Avalanche:
- regular Internet users collecting information on their hobby (basketball news, cooking recipes, pets info, etc.);
- analysts having to do with gathering and sorting Internet data (e.g. for Gartner Group, Bloomberg or IDC).
Avalanche software has been installed and is used now in a number of companies and organizations, e.g. in RISE University of Texas and Texas AM University.
See also the presentation of the product.