During our study, we developed data visualisations and were interested in how this could provide insight into complex systems. So we wrote the conceptual framework for a prototype search engine. Dissatisfied with the display and presentation of results, we analysed current and future search capabilities.
The design is based on the principles of a social network, how it operates and expands. Meanwhile, similar ideas developed since 2007. Quora has for example many similarities with the idea of PreSearch Engine.