One author has offered some tips on search using SharePoint, based on her research. User friendly search results are absolutely possible with SharePoint. Providing a better end-user search experience is often the major justification for migration.

Network World brought this information to our attention in their article, “10 Essential SharePoint Search Hints.” The first tip involves using metadata to help search find content. Search engines in general use weighting algorithms to know whether the terms you are searching for match the items to be searched. If your term matches the terms in the File Name, Title, or other metadata, the item will usually be weighted higher than if the term is in the document text.

Interesting and worth your time to read. Of course, Access Innovations’ Data Harmony suite of content enrichment and thesaurus management tools can now be fully integrated with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Data Harmony fills semantic gaps in SharePoint to help users take full advantage of their metadata through auto-classification, enterprise taxonomy management, entity extraction, and search enhancements.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.