One incarnation of the (vaguely defined) dataweb that I've illustrated on this blog involves providing statistical results to a query. The example I gave was querying a system for the number of bloggers in China and getting back a result which, breaking with current search result models, wasn't a list of 'relevant' documents, but instead a plot of the estimates for this variable plotted over time. For reference, the post is here.
Recently, John Furnari (Cognos Grassroots Marketing Specialist) dropped me a pointer to the Cognos enterprise search product. I checked it out and, in amongst the marketing materials, spotted something that had some resonance with the above idea in a video of Cognos' CEO talking about their technology. After some interaction with John, Delaney Turner (Manager, Product and Solutions Communications) has furnished me with some screen shots. The pick of the litter is shown below.
What you see here is a search for 'revenue' resulting in a graph (not a document!). Conceptually, I see this as a big deal.