Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Implements Data Harmony M.A.I.

Dec 02, 2003

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Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) is citing Data Harmony's Machine Aided Indexer (M.A.I.) software for increased productivity in its Engineering Specialties division. M.A.I. was first installed in July, 2001 at its project office in Cleveland, Ohio. Before M.A.I., the division's editors indexed a variety of materials journals for their online databases using an existing thesaurus (controlled hierarchical vocabulary) via its installed Cuadra Star system. Typical in this kind of process, individual editors may apply descriptive terms differently or inconsistently over time or differently from one another, contributing to the phenomenon known as "editorial drift," which can result in impaired search and retrieval efficiency.  

Data Harmony's M.A.I. was selected in an effort to control this drift and improve the quality of indexing. M.A.I. was also hooked to the existing Cuadra Star system. The process began with CSA first loading its thesaurus into M.A.I.'s Rule Builder module, using a combination of logical statements, Boolean operators, semantic analysis, and natural language to create the second module, the Rule Base. The third module, Concept Extractor, employs algorithms to match input text read into it, to create a list of suggested indexing terms.

M.A.I. is a key element of the Data Harmony suite of content management tools, which includes XML Intranet System, Thesaurus Master, and 44 load-ready Knowledge Domains. Data Harmony is the brand name for software tools developed by Access Innovations, Inc. Access specializes in outsourced database development and maintenance, data capture, conversion, and migration services, abstracting and indexing, document analysis, Internet and intranet services, and text and data element tagging.

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