Convera, a leading provider of search and categorization software, extended its leadership in the use of taxonomies for search and categorization by introducing five new industry-specific taxonomies that reduce the time and cost of organizing an enterprise's knowledge assets.

The new Convera taxonomies include Genetics, Finance and Business, General Enterprise, Technology and U.S. Government. These taxonomies contain industry standard thesaural content enhanced by Convera linguists and taxonomists to optimize the quality of information discovery in government and commercial applications.

Each of the new taxonomies speeds the process of organizing an enterprise's knowledge assets by incorporating specialized vocabulary and ensuring the most accurate level of categorization available. Large and diverse collections of unstructured data can be efficiently browsed by navigating categories that users find intuitive and useful to their personal information retrieval objectives.

Convera's linguistic taxonomy approach delivers the necessary building blocks for organizations to develop a unified knowledge framework from controlled vocabularies, authority lists and classifications. The result is precise and consistent searching and classification.

The new Convera taxonomies coupled with innovative Dynamic Classification capabilities provide customers unique information discovery capabilities in the following areas:

  • Convera Genetics Taxonomy. A very detailed taxonomy covering gene ontology, cellular components, molecular functions and biological processes can be invaluable to biotech companies and pharmaceutical companies seeking to enhance target discovery and validation tasks and increase the overall effectiveness of drug discovery initiatives.
  • Convera Finance and Business Taxonomy. This taxonomy describes the world of finance, including corporate, personal, investment, regulations, accounting and banking and is recommended for any application involving a financial department or financial research. The Convera Finance Taxonomy is recommended for brokerage firms, banks and accounting firms, and is ideal for ensuring financial content is significantly easier to sift through once classified.
  • Convera General Enterprise Taxonom. An ideal information organization platform for any medium-to-large sized company, the Convera General Enterprise Taxonomy includes terminology for sales, marketing, management and human resources. This particular taxonomy is ideal for organizing a variety of corporate information and typically improves employee productivity with faster access to corporate information.
  • Convera Technology Taxonomy. Technical vocabulary for many fields, including math, computer science, engineering and electronics is included in the Convera Technology Taxonomy. Civil engineering firms, pharmaceutical companies, high-technology manufacturing companies, medical instrumentation firms and software development companies are examples of enterprises that find this taxonomy useful. This taxonomy is particularly helpful to organize technical information for non-technical audiences, facilitating communication and information sharing across technical and non-technical divisions within a company.
  • Convera U.S. Government Taxonomy. Ideal for government agencies and departments, the Convera U.S. Government Taxonomy is designed to organize information and help citizens who are not experts on government subjects find specific data on citizens' rights, public services, legislation and government structure. Target customers are government agencies responsible for providing public services as well as government departments responsible for making information available to citizens.

A unique benefit of the Convera taxonomies is how they can be easily split into more targeted classifications to meet the specialized search and discovery needs of an organization. For example, the Convera Genetics Taxonomy can be split into cellular components, molecular functions and biological processes, each of which can be subsequently combined with any of the numerous other classifications Convera makes available.
This benefit bolsters Convera's unique capability to dynamically classify information based on a specific searcher's interests, by cross-referencing several classifications at search time. The new taxonomies are most effective for users' search results when yielding a dynamic classification of results through Convera's search platform RetrievalWare. RetrievalWare "slices and dices" results quickly into one or more selectable classification views, displaying information in easily understood table formats and incorporating information from completely disparate database locations. For users, this format helps to map relationships between data that may not have been known previously, significantly enhancing the possibility for serendipitous information discovery.

Convera addresses an organization's complete knowledge architecture with an integrated suite of software products using taxonomies as the first step in effectively organizing enterprise information. These products include:

  • Convera's Taxonomy Workbench. The new workbench allows non-technical users – information managers, librarians or subject matter experts – to automatically import specialized taxonomies to organize disparate enterprise information. The workbench makes incorporating and editing new taxonomies easy and user-friendly. Utilizing a graphical interface, users can highlight certain data, identify taxonomies and simply watch their monitor as newly created classifications are populated by dispersed data.
  • The RetrievalWare Search Platform. After an organization's data assets are categorized with taxonomies, content is browsed, searched and analyzed using Convera's RetrievalWare search platform. Search results can also be viewed from multiple perspectives simultaneously, exposing hidden inter-relationships and related information. RetrievalWare complements a user's own cognitive approach to finding information, performing highly scalable, fast searches across 200 forms of text, video and audio images and in over 45 languages.

The new Convera taxonomies are enhanced versions of taxonomies that contain unique controlled vocabulary and classification structure developed by a leading taxonomy builder, ProQuest Information and Learning www.il.proquest.com. The ProQuest framework for each industry-specific taxonomy enables precise mapping of data and a more exact search of subject fields. Each taxonomy powered by ProQuest is regularly updated to capture the latest industry vocabulary and the most commonly used language for describing topics areas.

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