Enterprise Search Solutions

Enterprise Search Solutions

Tools and methods to find the information you need.

24 March 2005 (14-21)
Location: Sofitel Diegem (Diegem near Brussels (Belgium))
Presented in English by
Price: 480 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)

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Registration, Coffee/Tea and Croissants
The business case for enterprise search solutions
(Paul Hermans, Amplexor)
  • On content
    • exponential growth of internal and external information
    • 70% to 80% of all enterprise data is unstructured
  • On search
    • separate search tools for different information silos
    • searching, but not finding
    • searching on the web works, does it?
  • On costs
    • poor decisions based on poor information
    • lost productivity due to employees not finding directly the info needed
    • lost sales due to customer's inability to find products and services
    • duplicated efforts since content is recreated
Search engines and text mining
(Paul Hermans, Amplexor)
  • How a search engine works
    • collecting the data
    • index the data
    • analyze the query
    • match the query with the index
    • process the resultset
  • New trends in search
    • New datatypes
    • Text mining functionalities
      • producing summaries
      • extracting entities
      • extracting core concepts
    • Visualisation
  • product overview
    • Verity
    • Autonomy
    • Convera
    • FAST
    • Google
    • What do the big players offer: Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, ...


Metadata and classification
(Paul Hermans)

  • metadata
    • definition
    • metadata modeling
  • clustering and classification
    • Concepts
      • clustering versus classification
      • classification in categories versus taxonomies
      • Two aspects
        • editing and managing categories/ taxonomies
        • classification itself
    • technologies
      • rule based decision trees
      • naive bayes
      • k nearest neighbour
      • support vector machine
    • products
      • inXight Categorizer
      • Entrieva SemioTagger
      • Stratify Classification Server
      • Vivisimo
  • faceted classification
    • concept
    • technologies
    • products
      • Endeca
      • i411
      • Seamark Navigator
      • ...
Case Study: Belga News Agency
(Stefaan Melis)
  • News is a Belga's raw material and final product: its role is to classify, synthesize, package, distribute and document both text and multimedia sources. Customers want a fast or even realtime service, tailored to their needs - a business case for automation is quickly made.
  • Belga has a search solutions mixture composed of Oracle Intermedia, BRS, a third party (customized) MySQL search and Autonomy. Stefaan Melis will explain the search methods Belga uses for its distinct content sources, and discuss the combined search solution that was implemented in a portal for news editors.
New trends: heading for the semantic web
(Paul Hermans)
  • The semantic web
    • RDF
      • definition
      • syntax
      • using RDF
        • Tucana Knowledge Store
        • RDF Gateway
        • Seamark navigator
    • Topic maps
      • definition
      • syntax
      • using Topic Maps
        • Ontopia Omnigator
Case Study: minvws.nl
  • The Dutch ministry of Public Health and Sports makes tens of thousands of documents available via a search interface on its website.
  • Erik Fransen will discuss how :
    • how search and navigation was designed with different kinds of users in mind (professionals versus citizens, people looking for a specific document versus people looking for information using vague search terms...)
    • metadata is used by the team of editorialists (adding several tens of documents per day)
    • the task of adding metadata is is made lighter by automatic summarization and attribution of keywords
    • important the thesaurus and continuing thesaurus maintenance is
    • the automatic classification, indexing and search tools were selected and implemented
Roundup of this seminar, Conclusions & Summary, Final Questions and Answers
End of this seminar
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