This is the third in a series of articles discussing various aspects of unstructured data.

As we've discussed in our previous articles, exponential growth in the volume of documents within corporate archives and repositories has resulted from the widespread adoption of the Internet; the consequent rise of enterprise software systems such as e-mail, portals and content management; and customer relationship management (CRM). This condition is commonly referred to as "infoglut" or "information overload." Most of the information causing infoglut is in the form of documents that contain text, images or other unstructured data that cannot be readily stored in relational databases. We refer to these documents as "semistructured."

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