Is Being Findable Enough?

By Colleen Hunter (Yewno Channel Partner Manager)

As information professionals, can we honestly say that simply making a work findable is enough? In the age of big-data and powerful search engines, it is all but impossible to conduct a search that finds a manageable result set. So to simply stop at the point of finding an unwieldy result set and place the burden of review and relevancy determination on the user, leaves the user with a Herculean task.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than with special collections and institutional repositories maintained by universities and colleges. While these unique collections are finally getting incorporated in the global data set that today’s search engines use, simply surfacing them in a result set does not provide the user with the data necessary to make an informed decision regarding relevancy and context of the work.

Yewno recognizes that it is not enough to simply make works findable, they must also be relatable. Each concept within a work must be identified and related to all other concepts, providing the user with a clear knowledge-map and understanding of the work and its place in relationship to all other works.

The power of Yewno becomes an extraordinary tool in fully exposing and relating the unique research found in local institutional repositories. It falls completely to a given institution to maintain, expose and make available these special collections. Due to the nature of this material, traditional metadata is often less precise than it is for commercially available material.

The Yewno inference engine doesn’t rely on metadata; rather it examines the work itself, and extracts concepts from it at the atomic level. Further, it relates those concepts, and fully adds all of the ideas within a work to the overall knowledge-map.

… It is not enough to simply make works findable, they must also be relatable.

Given the spectrum of knowledge development, we speak at length about how Yewno benefits the transitional thought found in peer-reviewed Journal articles, and well-established thought from published works, but it is critical to understand the key role Yewno can play in fully exposing and relating the emerging thought found in institutional repositories. It places new ideas and thinking onto the knowledge-map in direct relationship to existing thought and ideas, giving the student, teacher, and researcher a critical new view of a field of study and all of its nuances and emerging ideas.

Research institutions continually generate new and exciting ideas. In order to fully explore and vet these ideas, they must first be findable in the ever growing mass of information; and second, to fully understand these ideas they must be fully relatable within the existing universe of knowledge.

Yewno does both, and provides that missing ability that empowers libraries, as keepers of this information, to fully share their valuable collections with both their users and the world.

Jun Ge