Seekda

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seekda GmbH
Type Research Spin-off
Industry eTourism
Internet , Software
Research and Development
Founded 2007
Founder(s) Alexander Wahler, CEO
Holger Lausen, CTO
Dieter Fensel
Michal Zaremba
Headquarters Innsbruck, Austria
Products IT solutions for the eTourism
Employees 27
Website www.seekda.com

seekda is an Austrian company headquartered in Vienna/Austria, having branch offices in Innsbruck/Austria. The company which was founded in 2007, employs 27 IT – and Tourism experts [1]

The company markets high-tech booking solutions, particularly developed for the eTourism sector. In addition to distribution solutions for enhancing online presence, it also offers additional sales solutions to strengthen direct selling on the owners’ website. The target groups for seekda Connect are accommodation establishments of all types as well as thematic- and regional portals.[2]

With seekda Connect, using interfaces to several service providers in the tourism industry, the company ensures the data transfer and regular updating of content relevant for bookings.[3] seekda cooperates with external partners working in the field of Property Management System (PMS), Global Distribution System (GDS), Online-Travel-Agency (OTA) and Google. The developed tools assist hoteliers in online distribution while at the same time minimizing the data maintenance effort.

History[edit]

seekda was developed through projects such as DIP[4] – funded by the European Union – and RW2[5] – funded by Austrian FIT-IT (German: Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH). The company itself is a spin-off of the University of Innsbruck.[6]

In 2007 seekda developed a global Web Service Search Engine, searching public Web Wervices and innovative IT solutions for eTourism. It was the first global search engine based on “focused crawling”.[7]

Research and development[edit]

The company was supported by local Austrian agencies (pre-seed funding):

The company is involved in several research projects in the European Seventh Framework Program:

The company was involved in one research Austrian FIT-IT funded project:

  • Service Detective[13]

Awards[edit]

  • The Winner of the Business Idea Contest at European Semantic Technology Conference (still using the initial Aleph name) [14]
  • Nominee in AdventureX business plan contest [15]

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