Convera, a leading provider of search and categorization software for enterprises and government agencies, announced that its new Taxonomy Workbench will help government agencies comply with the E-Government Act of 2002. Through customized taxonomy creation, the Workbench allows agencies to improve the way public information is organized on government Web sites.

A complete set of tools for organizing large amounts of disparate government data, the Taxonomy Workbench reduces the time and expense required to comply with Section 207 of the E-Government Act of 2002. User friendly and interactive, the Workbench is designed for easy use by information managers, librarians, and subject matter experts. Using the Workbench to create taxonomies, key agency personnel can integrate their collective knowledge and expertise to organize vast quantities of data in an automated environment.

Graphical and intuitive, the Taxonomy Workbench also addresses another critical mandate in the E-Government Act – the preservation of government information – by classifying diverse data into efficient taxonomies. The Act illustrates how effective taxonomy development is the lynchpin for delivering quick online search results on government Web sites. Signed into law by the President on December 17, 2002, the legislation requires compliance within two years – by December 17, 2004. (To view an online copy of the Act, use the following link to reference taxonomies in Section 207: cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi? dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ347.107) (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field.)

"Through 2006, more than 70 percent of firms, including federal agencies, that invest in unstructured information- management initiatives will not achieve targeted return on investment due to under investment in taxonomy building," said Rita Knox, Research Director and Vice President, Gartner Research. "In 2003, there has been a major rise in explicit concerns about "taxonomies"; few professionals have the intuition or the skills to build robust, extensive and long-lived taxonomies."

The new product makes taxonomy creation easy for a broad range of users by:

  • Developing Completely New Taxonomies. Customized to an agency's particular needs, the Workbench helps create an easily searched organization structure for each agency's own specific online public information.
  • Importing Existing Taxonomies and Thesauri. To maintain a simple approach to using data organization models already have in place, users can integrate and modify an agency's existing taxonomies or thesauri. Automated import, generation, combination and pruning wizards aid in accelerated taxonomy and classification development.
  • Testing, Benchmarking and Tuning Taxonomies and Classifications. A full suite of taxonomy quality measurement tools helps ensure the general public using a government Web site will not need to search unnecessary layers of data for details they need. Convera's static and dynamic benchmarking tools significantly reduce the time to create and maintain quality taxonomies, offering measurable ROI. Utilizing a graphical interface, users can highlight certain data, identify taxonomies and simply watch their monitor as the newly created taxonomies are populated by dispersed data. All categorization processes, including normalization, latching, idiom detection, disambiguation and ranking are performed through benchmarking.

  • Translating Human Subject Area Expertise into Fast Web Site Browsing and Searching. User friendly and ideal for large agencies, the Taxonomy Workbench allows agencies to capture the expertise of domain subject experts online by building in-depth methods of search on a particular data set. Multiple users on different development platforms can work simultaneously, yet securely, creating taxonomies and classifications.

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