Access Innovations Offers Search Enhancement Features

Albuquerque, NM (December 2009) – Access Innovations, Inc. announces additional search enhancing options to its Data Harmony taxonomy software offerings. These options add more ways to search, thereby improving the findability of information on Internet and intranet sites. Visitors to www.mediasleuth.com (MediaSleuth) can try out these features. This site of non-print educational resources hosts a database of 60,000 titles, indexed with subject terms from the NICEM (National Information Center for Educational Media) thesaurus.

  • Autocompletion of the search string: This feature simplifies search string entry and presents additional search possibilities. Typing in the beginning characters of a search string prompts a list of selectable thesaurus terms and synonyms that begin with that string. For example, typing “psy” in the text box at the MediaSleuth site brings up a list of about 12 NICEM thesaurus terms and three synonyms of NICEM thesaurus terms displays. Should the synonym “psychic phenomena” be chosen, for example, the search function will return “Parapsychology,” the preferred term in the NICEM thesaurus. Then it will show the records that have been indexed with that term.
  • Display of narrower terms: This feature alerts the searcher to more precise terms. In the MediaSleuth search function, once a searcher has selected a term, additional terms may display. If the thesaurus term has narrower (more specific) terms associated with it in the same thesaurus, those terms will display; the searcher can choose to see the records indexed with a selected narrower term.
  • Display of related terms: This is similar to the narrower terms display feature, but with aim on the global effect. Whereas the inclusion of narrower terms can make the search more precise, the linking to related terms expands the search. Related terms are those thesaurus terms that have a conceptual connection to each other but are not associated hierarchically as broader or narrower terms.
  • Structured browsing: This set of features provides a convenient pathway from search to item. Visitors to www.mediasleuth.com can see the expandable/collapsible navigation tree for taxonomy browsing on the left. By entering a search word or expression in the Search and Thesaurus Discovery text box on the right, the user can view the rule from the M.A.I. rulebase that includes the word, the preferred term(s) associated with the chosen word, and titles that include the preferred term(s) as an indexing term. After using either the navigation tree or the rulebase-associated options to discover appropriate database records, the user can simply click on a product name, then click again to add the product to an e-commerce shopping cart.
  • Web services for backtagging and inline keyword metatagging: This capability enables the searcher to go directly to the part of a document that is discovered by the search query. The demo, using taxonomy enrichment, is at http://www.nicem.com:8081/MAIStroWSJSPClient/.
  • Faceted Search: Advanced searching which uses the XML elements in selected data or the metadata fields in a database paired with the taxonomy.  This allows high recall and excellent precision for a truly targeted search.

About Access Innovations, Inc.

Incorporated in 1978, Access Innovations, Inc. is now in its 32nd year of providing information management services. While its corporate headquarters are in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the organization provides services to a broad range of public and private organizations throughout the United States and the world. Access Innovations has extensive experience with, and deep knowledge of, Internet technology applications, bibliographic database creation, visualization knowledge, and thesaurus/taxonomy creation and application. The Access Innovations Data Harmony software, with automatic and machine-assisted indexing, thesaurus management and the XML Intranet production system, is developed to meet production environment needs.  Data Harmony is used by companies of all sizes and focuses:  from Fortune 100 companies to university libraries, corporate to technical information centers, and special interest groups to domestic and foreign government agencies.

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