Model your organization and gain insight into your content

Modelling what is important to your organization – the entities, concepts, topics and relationships among them – creates a complete picture of the information that organizations use to gain insight, drive business processes, govern information, and create new revenue streams.

The pain in model development

For many organizations the prospect of developing a taxonomy or ontology can be intimidating and painful. Building an ontology that represents every aspect of an organization can be overwhelming and the benefits may not be obvious to everyone. And let’s face it, getting everyone to agree on a single consistent term for each concept is difficult. Using the right set of tools and technologies can save you time and money - you can begin to reap the benefits of your efforts to improve business outcomes almost immediately.    

Successful model development strategies

A good way to approach taxonomy model development is:

  • Start simply - identify a business problem to solve
  • Involve subject matter experts and end users in each step
  • Jump-start your model building process
  • Use an agile approach - model, classify and test – to model development

Start simply – don’t try to build a taxonomy or ontology for your entire organization in one project. Identify a specific business problem to focus your model building efforts to achieve a specific business outcome. As you build your model be sure to regularly solicit feedback from subject matter experts and end users so that when it’s complete they’ll see and understand the benefits. When new business problems are identified, use a task-based approach to incorporating them into your model.

Semaphore Ontology Editor supports task-based model changes which foster collaboration, drive workflows and incorporate feedback from model builders and subject matter experts. Tasks can support an information governance process – propose, review, approve and submit – to perform what if scenarios and test model changes before committing them to a production environment.

Jump-start the model building process by importing an existing corporate ontology, use a prebuilt taxonomy/ontology from Smartlogic or use a Linked Open Data model from the public domain which closely matches your business. These models will give you a starting point, which you can then enrich to reflect the unique characteristics of your organization and problem space.

Building out your model with synonyms and relationships will provide depth and improve classification results. Identifying additional concepts, labels and relationships using Semaphore Text Miner and the Semaphore Classification Analysis Tool will result in a clear and concise picture of your content. 

  • Semaphore Text Miner lets you test your model against a sample document set as well as a sample corpus to identify important key concepts that should be reflected in your taxonomy/ontology.
  • Semaphore Classification Analysis Tool allows you to classify a single document and analyze the results. Model changes to improve classification outcomes can be quickly identified and incorporated.

Using Semaphore’s agile model, classify and test approach to model development will result in a model that precisely matches your organization and its content which you can use to improve classification outcomes.

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