|Wordmap, a provider of taxonomy-management systems, has announced the
launch of Wordmap ASP, an online taxonomy-building service. Wordmap ASP
(Application Service Provider) allows knowledge professionals to build
and manage complex taxonomies online using the full capabilities ofWordmap's
advanced software, then deploy the results in Web metasearch.
"It's now widely accepted that taxonomies are a critical piece of the
organization's content infrastructure," said Wordmap CEO Bill Hutchison.
"But developing them is not easy without the help of a specialized software
package. The new Wordmap ASP service gives companies an enormous kick-start
to taxonomy development at a very reasonable cost."
Users can upload their own taxonomy datasets from plain text, XML, or
ISO standard formats, and the Wordmap system creates a visual environment
in which they can be managed and enhanced. If users don't have existing
taxonomies, Wordmap makes its own datasets available for them to work with.
They can then add new material to their taxonomies and reshape and structure
"Wordmap supports the advanced features that most systems neglect,"
said Jeremy Ellman, Wordmap's chief technology officer. "The ability to
store and display multilingual versions of your taxonomies in Unicode,
for example, is a key strength of the Wordmap product. Or the capability
to insert ad hoc links between subject areas, which is crucial for adding
richness to the data, and providing context and cross-reference for users."
The Wordmap system automatically converts the taxonomy into a Web metasearch
site unique to each customer. The taxonomy acts as a query-expansion layer
between users and search sources, clarifying and enriching queries. According
to the announcement, enriched user input translates readily to enhanced
Source: Wordmap, Bath, U.K., 011-44-1225-358182; http://www.wordmap.com.