Although most enterprise search products are capable of providing relevant search results when searching across unstructured data, an end users search experience can be drastically improved through the proper use of metadata fields. After being extracted and indexed, a documents metadata can be used to drive helpful searching techniques that will take your users past the simple search box approach. Metadata can help get users to the content they’re looking for faster, by helping fuel advanced search features such as guided navigation, presenting category lists that users can drill down through, etc. Unfortunately, document metadata is not always present, populated consistently, accurate, or sometimes even possible to store within a document.
There is, however, a solution. Norconex has built a system to intercept data on its way into your search engine, that can apply required metadata to the incoming content. This metadata is applied to the content before it can be searched on, and will appear to your search engine as if it was part of the original document. Using this seamless method of decorating your content with appropriate metadata, you can make sure that the metadata fields you require will always be present, valid and accurate. Our solution for decorating content with metadata provides a high level of flexibility with regards to deciding what metadata fields and values should be assigned to specific documents. We offer several different implementation options within our custom metadata tagging solution. This means we can definitely help you find a metadata tagging approach that will work best for your content and organization, and will be easy to maintain.
While our custom metadata tagging system is usually used to tag documents being indexed for searching, it can definitely be used in other situations. For example, our metadata tagging system could be used to automatically apply metadata fields to content published through your content management system, after the content has been published. Our solution could analyze the published content, deduce what metadata should be applied, and apply it directly to the content in your content management system.
Need help planning, building or implementing a taxonomy? We can definitely help. Our search specialists have extensive experience working with various forms of taxonomies, ranging in size from a few entries to millions of entries. We can help integrate your existing taxonomies into an enterprise search infrastructure, as well as help you design, build and integrate new taxonomies from scratch. Our search specialists can also help you decide on, and implement, third party taxonomies. After you’ve decided on the taxonomies you would like to use, Norconex can help put in place a process for tagging your content with specific meta-data, relating to how your content places within a given taxonomy. Norconex experts can also help design and implement a solution that incorporates your taxonomies into a search user interface, making it easy for your users to quickly narrow down to the content their looking for.