The search engines of today are so powerful and so common that we assume that searches will provide our desired results in a matter of seconds. If we are forced to wait a few more seconds than normal, it feels archaic and clunky. Speed in search is important. Businesses acknowledge the importance of search to the productivity of knowledge workers, yet how many actually provide an enterprise search capability? KMWorld brought this thought to our attention in their article, “Supporting knowledge workers.”

In a recent global research study, “Search and Discovery – Exploiting Knowledge, Minimizing Risk,” survey respondents acknowledged the importance of search, but indicated that implementation was lacking. Seventy-one percent of organizations agreed that search is vital to productivity, effectiveness, and compliance. However, true searching for information – in e-mail archives, a variety of content systems, documents stored in enterprise systems, internal social media, sound files, and image files – has become far more complicated with the ever-growing volume of data.

As many organizations are struggling to reduce their big data volume, it is still important to maintain integrity among data items and keep them findable. Information being findable is the result of good indexing and comprehensive metatagging. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content findable. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies with integrated indexing rule bases to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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