Semantic search seeks to improve search accuracy by understanding searcher intent and the contextual meaning of terms as they appear in the searchable dataspace. This is true in a closed system or on the Internet. It is providing context to a search query beyond just keywords.

The possibilities and limitations of semantic search grow as more and more enterprises and applications utilize the technology. Semantic search research is often based on large and rich data sets and a combination of techniques.

Semantic relationships are strengthened by professional annotators who hand-tune the results, and the algorithms that generate them. Web searchers tell the algorithms which connections are the best through what they click on. Semantic search goes beyond the ‘static’ dictionary meaning of a query to understand the searcher’s intent within a specific context. By learning from past results and creating links between entities, a search engine can make use of contextual meaning of terms as they appear in the searchable database to generate more relevant results.

Content without findability is relatively worthless. Enterprise search is how an organization helps people seek the information they need from anywhere, in any format, from anywhere inside their company. This includes databases, document management systems or even on paper. Getting the right information at the right time.

Findability is the ability to locate relevant information and this is something that users need to be able to do. Searching is more than just typing something into a search box and getting a result. It’s more about discovering things about a topic that you didn’t even know you were looking for.

Making data accessible is something we know a little about. Whatever you are searching for, it is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands.

Data Harmony is a fully customizable suite of software products designed to maximize precise, efficient information management and retrieval. Our suite includes tools for taxonomy and thesauri construction, machine aided indexing, database management, information retrieval and more. And best of all, our suite creates explainable artificial intelligence.

Melody K. Smith

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