Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Search Applications - Concept Searching

Concept Searching Limited is a software company which specializes in information retrieval software. It has products for Enterprise search, Taxonomy Management and Statistical classification.

Concept Searching Technology Platform

The Concept Searching Technology Platform is based on our Smart Content Framework™ for information governance, and incorporates best practices for developing an enterprise framework to mitigate risk, automate processes, manage information, protect privacy, and address compliance issues. Underlying the framework is the technology to:
  • Automatically generate semantic metadata using Compound Term Processing.
  • Auto-classify content from diverse repositories.
  • Easily develop, deploy, and manage taxonomies.
The framework is being used to enable intelligent metadata enabled solutions to improve search, records management, enterprise metadata management, text analytics, migration, enterprise social networking, and data security.

  • Compound terms are extracted when content is indexed from internal or external content sources, enabling the delivery of greater precision of relevant content at the top of search results.
  • Relevance ranking displays extracts from the documents based on the query.
  • Search refinement delivers to the end user highly correlated concepts that may be used to refine the search.
  • Taxonomy browse capabilities are standard.
  • Documents can be classified into one or more taxonomy nodes, enhancing the precision of documents returned.
  • In addition to static summaries, Dynamic Summarization, a modified weighting system, can be applied that will identify in real-time short extracts that are most relevant to the user’s query.
  • Related Topics will return results based on the conceptual meaning of the search terms used, using the ability to generate compound terms in a search. For example, ‘triple’ is a single word term but ‘triple heart bypass’ is a compound term that provides a more granular meaning.
  • Based on previous queries, or on extracts retrieved, end users can use the text to perform additional searches to retrieve more granular results.
  • The product is based on an open architecture with all API’s based on XML and Web Services. Transparent access to system internals including the statistical profile of terms is standard.
  • Highly scalable.
  • High performance specifically with classification occurring in real time.
  • Easily customized to achieve your organizations’ objectives.
Base Components in the Concept Searching Technology Framework

Conceptual Search Platform

conceptSearch, is Concept Searching’s enterprise search product and a key component in the Concept Searching Technology Platform. It is a unique, language independent technology and is the first content retrieval solution to integrate relevance ranking based on the Bayesian Inference Probabilistic Model and concept identification based on Shannon’s Information Theory.

Unlike other enterprise search engines that require significant customization with marginal results, conceptSearch is delivered with an out-of-the-box application that demonstrates a simple search interface and indexing facilities for internal content, web sites, file systems, and XML documents. Application developers experience a minimal learning curve and the organization can look forward to a rapid return on investment.

Because of the innovative technology, conceptSearch delivers both high precision and high recall. Precision and recall are the two key performance measures for information retrieval. Precision is the retrieval of only those items that are relevant to the query. Recall is the retrieval of all items that are relevant to the query. Yet most information retrieval technologies are less than 22% accurate for both precision and recall. The ideal goal is to have these features balanced. Compound term processing has the ability to increase precision with no loss of recall.

conceptSearch is particularly important for organizations that need sophisticated search and retrieval solutions. By weighting multi-word phrases, instead of single words, or words in proximity, the retrieval experience is more accurate and relevant. The ability for the search engine to identify concepts enables organizations to improve the search experience for a variety of business requirements.

Search Engine Integration

This functionality is provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform to integrate with any search engine. The Concept Searching Technology platform can perform as on the fly classification with search engines calling the classify API. Search engine support includes SharePoint, the former FAST products, Office 365 Search, Solr, Google Search Appliance, Autonomy, and IBM Vivisimo. If the FAST Pipeline Stage is required, this is sold as a separate product.


conceptClassifier is a leading-edge rules based categorization module providing control of rules-based descriptors unique to an organization. conceptClassifier delivers a categorization descriptor table, which is easy to implement and maintain, through which all rules and terms can be defined and managed. This approach eliminates the error-prone results of ‘training’ algorithms typically found in other text retrieval solutions and enables human intervention to effectively tune classification results.

Functionality is provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform, to classify documents based upon concepts and multi-word terms that form a concept. Automatic and/or manual classification is included. Knowledge workers with the appropriate security rights can also classify content in real time. Content can be classified from diverse repositories including SharePoint, Office 365, file shares, Exchange public folders, and websites. All content can be classified on the fly and classified to one or more taxonomies.


This is an advanced enterprise class, easy-to-use taxonomy development and management tool, still unique in the industry. Developed on the premise that a taxonomy solution should be used by business professionals, and not the IT team or librarians, the end result is a highly interactive and powerful tool that has been proven to reduce taxonomy development by up to 80% (client source data).

conceptTaxonomyManager is a simple to use, has an intuitive user interface designed for Subject Matter Experts, and does not require IT or Information Scientist expertise to build, maintain and validate taxonomies for the enterprise. conceptTaxonomyManager has the capability to automatically group unstructured content together based on an understanding of the concepts and ideas that share mutual attributes while separating dissimilar concepts.

This approach is instrumental in delivering relevant information via the taxonomy structure as well as using the semantic metadata in enterprise search to reduce time spent finding information, increase relevancy and accuracy of the search results, and enable the re-use and re-purposing of content. Using one or more taxonomies, unstructured content can be leveraged to improve any application that uses metadata. This flexibility extends to records management, information security, migration, text analytics, and collaboration.

Intelligent Migration

Using the Concept Searching Technology platform an intelligent approach to migration can be achieved. As content is migrated it is analyzed for organizationally defined descriptors and vocabularies, which will automatically classify the content to taxonomies, or in the SharePoint environment, the SharePoint Term Store, and automatically apply organizationally defined workflows to process the content to the appropriate repository for review and disposition.


This product provides the ability to define a document structure based on information held in a Microsoft SQL Server. A document can include any number of text and metadata fields and can span multiple tables if required. conceptSQL supports SQL 2005, 2008, and 2012. A powerful but easy to use configuration tool is supplied eliminating the need for any programming. Templates are provided for out of the box support for Documentum, Hummingbird, and Worksite/Interwoven DMS.

SharePoint Feature Set

The SharePoint Feature Set includes the following components: farm solution with feature sets, Term Store integration, taxonomy tree control for editing, refinement panel integration, event handlers for notification of changes, management of classification status column, web service advanced functionality (implement system update or preserve GUIDS), automated site column creation.

Intelligent Records Management

The ability to intelligently identify, tag, and route documents of record to either a staging library and/or a records management solution is a key component in driving and managing an effective information governance strategy. Taxonomy management, automatic declaration of documents of record, auto-classification, and semantic metadata generation are provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform and conceptTaxonomyWorkflow.

Data Privacy

Fully customizable to identify unique or industry standard descriptors, content is automatically meta-tagged and classified to the appropriate node(s) in the taxonomy based upon the presence of the descriptors, phrases, or keywords from within the content. Once tagged and classified the content can be managed in accordance with regulatory or government guidelines.

The identification of potential information security exposures includes the proactive identification and protection of unknown privacy exposures before they occur, as well as real-time monitoring of organizationally defined vocabulary and descriptors in content as it is created or ingested. Taxonomy, classification, and metadata generation are provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform and conceptTaxonomyWorkflow.

eDiscovery and Litigation Support

Taxonomy, classification, and metadata generation are provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform. This is highly useful when relevance, identification of related concepts, vocabulary normalization are required to reduce time and improve quality of search results.

Text Analytics

Taxonomy, classification, and metadata generation are provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform. A third party business intelligence or reporting tool is required to view the data in the desired format. This is useful to cleanse the data sources before using text analytics to remove content noise, irrelevant content, and identify any unknown privacy exposures or records that were never processed.

Social Networking

Taxonomy, classification, and metadata generation are provided via the Concept Searching Technology platform. Integration with social networking tools can be accomplished if the tools are available in .NET or via SharePoint functionality. This is useful to provide structure to social networking applications and provide significantly more granularity in relevant information being retrieved.

Business Process Workflow

conceptTaxonomyWorkflow serves as a strategic tool managing migration activities and content type application across multiple SharePoint and non-SharePoint farms and is platform agnostic. This add-on component delivers value specifically in migration, data privacy, and records management, or in any application or business process that requires workflow capabilities.

conceptTaxonomyWorkflow is required to apply action on a document, optionally automatically apply a content type and route to the appropriate repository for disposition.

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