Stephen Arnold to Speak in Estonia at the 4th Information Policy Forum on Feb. 15th

Expert in Enterprise Search To Lead Conference Opening Session With His Keynote Address

(Louisville, KY.)–Feb. 5, 2007–Stephen Arnold, noted enterprise search and Google expert, will speak in Estonia at the 4th Annual Information Policy Forum on Feb. 15th in the conference centre of the National Library of Estonia in Tallinn.

He will be the principal keynote speaker, addressing the changing landscape of enterprise search arena with the topic, “Rethinking Relevance: Tactics to Fix Search and Retrieval.” Arnold believes that, “The search systems for 2007 will look more like Yahoo’s crowded and colorful interface rather than Google’s lean and spare look. Vendors are turning to narrow domains of content, which makes it difficult for the user to generate a search with no results. We have therefore entered a period where search is managed and controlled.”

In a recent winter article for Online magazine, Arnold pointed out, “The economic payoff for search and retrieval is huge. There are more than 100 vendors of enterprise search systems, dozens of search utility vendors, such as Attensity, Inxight, and Teragram. Thousands of integrators, researchers, and consultants hype the online bandwagon. Newcomers, such as Devilfinder and Exalead now have entered the market. The online search sector seems to be ripe for startups.”

Key questions that will be answered in his talk:

Simultaneous translation from Estonian into English and from English into Estonian will be provided.

About Stephen Arnold

Mr. Arnold is the managing partner for, an organization specializing in electronic publishing, marketing via electronic media, online system engineering, and database design. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to enterprise search and Google, having written several books on key players in search and data mining over the last decade. His Enterprise Search Report, now in its 3rd edition, is the definitive reference book for advanced search and retrieval systems.

Arnold is the author of six books and over 50 journal articles. In April 2007, will publish Arnold’s 450-page “The Text Mining Report.” This new 400-page study profiles 20 vendors of advanced text processing systems. The new TMR also includes information about managing and budgeting for these systems. His monograph, The Google Legacy was the first public discussion of Google’s utility computing model for enterprise applications and advanced retrieval services.

Arnold has more than 30 years’ experience in online systems and product. He has worked provided technical, financial, and strategic support for many technology projects. In 1993, he and a partner started Point (Top 5%) of the Internet, selling that property to Lycos, Inc. in 1996. In 2000, he helped develop the plan, architecture, and security guidelines concepts for President Clinton’s government wide search, now known as He has assisted organizations worldwide with technology strategy related to new online and system, and software products and revenue opportunities.

In 2006, OSS, Inc., headed by Robert David Steele, the “father of the open source intelligence movement” and consultant to numerous U.S. government entities and allies, awarded Stephen Arnold the OSS Platinum Lifetime Award for open source intelligence. Arnold has received awards from the American Society from Information Science and Online Magazine.

His Web site is located at