Smartlogic Demonstrates Improved User Search, Find and Navigation with Semaphore Open Semantic Platform

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Expose enterprise ontologies and taxonomies to any application using Semaphore's search and navigation enhancement XML API.

Semaphore, exposes an organisation’s ontology via its XML API to enhance the ability of a website, CMS, document management system or intranet to query and retrieve content, improving user search and enterprise information retrieval.

Smartlogic has released a short video explaining how Semaphore can be used to improve search functionality on enterprise websites or in enterprise information management systems, using Semaphore's search and navigation enhancement XML API.

Several features are demonstrated in the video introducing Semaphore’s Search Enhancement Server:

The browse service exposes the ontology structure. For example, a user can add taxonomy metadata to an item in Sharepoint. Semaphore calls the browse service to render a selection tree, so the user can browse the tree and find relevant tags.

The term information service allows a user to find all the information about a specific term. In the NASA example, the taxonomy holds details of astronauts including basic profile info and a URL to an image. In the Google Search Appliance integration, the service is used to drive a pop-up panel as the user hovers over the astronaut’s name.

The concept mapping service executes a fuzzy search of the taxonomy or ontology contents. The examples of a health ontology shows several concepts that relate to healthy eating and diet. A query of “diet” will match several categories such as “Healthy Eating”, “Dieting Advice”, “Loosing Weight”, either directly or via a synonym or “signpost” term.

If the user selects “healthy eating”, a new content search is executed and a concept explorer is displayed that show the parent/child categories, all the ontology relationships, descriptions, synonyms, all in real time, from a call to the search enhancement server.

In this way, the semantic search platform, Semaphore, exposes an organisation’s ontology via its XML API to enhance the ability of a website, CMS, document management system or intranet to query and retrieve content, improving user search and enterprise information retrieval. Watch the video at http://www.smartlogic.com/index.php/blog, on Youtube or via the preview pane below.

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