Access Innovations, Inc., providers of databases of digitized research, news, and other content for a wide range of government and business clients, has announced the availability of Notation Module for its Thesaurus Master software, a component in the company's line of Data Harmony indexing software used to organize and structure electronically stored information.
The Notation Module, an add-on option, is designed to allow users to tag their own phrases and keywords in a database's thesaurus, using individualized terms relevant to a specific company, industry, scientific discipline, or other criteria. With customized keywords and phrases tagged to standard terms used in a thesaurus, online searching of the information collection (such as a database of scientific research) is enhanced, producing more accurate and relevant results.
A thesaurus is a compilation of subject headings or descriptors used in a particular database, catalog or index, with related synonyms and/or antonyms for each term. In searching an electronically stored and accessible database, a thesaurus provides a standardized and controlled vocabulary for information retrieval.
Traditionally, a thesaurus is structured alphabetically. The new Notation Module enables users to re-order that structure according to user-defined weighting and prioritization of key terms. The module enables a thesaurus to reflect a company's workflow, organizational structure or manufacturing processes. It also includes the ability to track user additions or modifications to keywords or phrases.
Notation Module users may toggle back and forth between an original, traditionally structured thesaurus and its modifications created through the module.