December 15, 2010 – The time which we spend looking for information is time taken away from other important tasks. Collecting information so that it is “findable” is beyond technology, beyond search; it involves an understanding of how technology collects and indexes content to produce the right results.

Information Management Magazine brought this information to our attention in their article, “Understanding Content Collection and Indexing.” Many systems let you mix and match content collection techniques. These hybrid content collection techniques are the becoming the norm.

Indexing includes processes associated with identifying the keywords in a document or processing document, or content metadata. Semantic technology is when the system tries to interpret a document, not just look for words and phrases. systems automatically place each indexed document in a hierarchical tree of categories, i.e. ontology, taxonomy.

Making information findable is something Access Innovations knows all about.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.