The central theme of David Weinberger’s book Everything is Miscellaneous* is that no single method of classification serves all purposes, and it is a concept worth considering when designing classification schemes for enterprise content management (“ECM”). One example of a classification scheme that he uses is the well-known periodic table which arranges basic elements in […]

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The usual approach to classifying files or documents in an enterprise collection of unstructured content is top-down: determine what the classifications should be and then write rules or scripts on how to place individual files in the predetermined classifications. This presupposes a comprehensive knowledge of what’s in a collection and what attributes can be used […]

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Imagine the internet with great search functionality but no hyperlinks. You could locate any individual page or at least have it included in extensive search results, but then you’d have to conduct other searches to find related pages, even on the same website. Not very useful, right? The point is that text search functionality alone is […]

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Perhaps the best way to see how new technology can be used is to in essence “ride along” as it is being put to use by a client. That’s what this posting does – takes you along during the critical phases of implementing a visual classification project. We pick up after the client has mapped […]

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Whether an organization is trying to consolidate individual information silos, incorporate content acquired by merger or acquisition, or permit federated search, the challenge is determining where is true north in terms of classifying content. That is, to find a way to first group or classify documents consistently regardless of any one person’s view or assessment […]

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The legal and reputational risks associated with mismanaging PII and other sensitive data are well known, and one of the most challenging areas is managing PII in  “unstructured” content – the files and documents found on file shares, local drives, and removable media. You know that PII (or PCI or PHI or IP) is in there, […]

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Most of us have heard about the parable of the six blind men and the elephant – it may actually be the first recorded instance of faceted classification. Six blind men touched different parts of an elephant and each described a completely different thing based on their own perspective or “view” of the elephant: The one […]

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A recent AIIM survey report, “Information Governance, records, risks and retention in the litigation age” (link), highlights issues faced by organizations in trying to manage their documents: Custodian-based classification doesn’t work Disc storage is steadily growing with no end in sight Nobody ever seems to delete any electronic records Organizations want to unify their treatment […]

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