Using Semantic Metadata in a Search Scenario
In my last blog, I brought up the question on the value of semantic metadata generation. Currently the jury is still out. This blog describes the impact of semantic metadata in a search scenario.
Using semantic metadata in a search scenario, the search results are more granular and relevant, providing concepts which mean the same, or are similar in nature. Many semantic metadata generation solutions do not allow for modification by authorized users thus eliminating control by the organization of the metadata nomenclature in the taxonomies. To illustrate, in the example below, each word has several different meanings, yet the combination of words, triple heart bypass, has a unique meaning. Related content will also surface such as coronary disease, heart surgery, blocked arteries as they represent similar concepts, even if those exact search words were not use in the original query.
Intelligent, semantic metadata has the ability to transform content into information. Although, soft benefits abound, a solid ROI has illustrated the power of descriptive metadata eliminating the typical bottlenecks in metadata applications. These applications can include records management, content security at a granular level, migration, content management, social tagging, eDiscovery, text analytics, and the list goes on.