ACI (Autonomy Content Infrastructure)
The Autonomy Content Infrastructure is a technology layer that automates operations on unstructured information for cross-enterprise applications, thus enabling an automated and compatible business-to-business, peer-to-peer infrastructure.
The ACI allows enterprise applications to understand and process content that exists in unstructured formats, such as e-mail, Web pages, office documents, and Lotus Notes.
An ACL is a set of data associated with a document that defines which users, groups, and roles are permitted to access a document or data source (for example, an Oracle database or Windows file system).
A connector is an Autonomy fetching solution (such as HTTP Connector, Oracle Connector, Exchange Connector, and so on) that allows you to retrieve information from any type of local or remote repository such as a database or Web site. It imports the fetched documents into IDX or XML file format and indexes them into IDOL Server, from where you can retrieve them (for example by sending queries to IDOL Server).
An Autonomy database is an IDOL Server data pool that stores indexed information. The administrator can set up one or more databases and specify how data is fed to the databases. You can retrieve information that is indexed in the IDOL Server database by sending a query to the IDOL Server.
The Distributed Index Handler allows you to efficiently split and index extremely large quantities of data into multiple IDOL Servers to create a completely scalable solution that delivers high performance and high availability. It provides a flexible way of transparently batching, routing, and categorizing the indexing of internal and external content into the IDOL Server.
DiSH (Distributed Service Handler)
The Distributed Service Handler provides a unified way to communicate with all Autonomy services from a centralized location. It also facilitates the licensing that enables you to run Autonomy solutions. You must have an Autonomy DiSH server running on a machine with a static known IP address.
The process of downloading documents from the repository in which they are stored (such as a local folder, Web site, database, Lotus Domino server, and so on), importing them to IDX format, and indexing them into an IDOL Server.
IAS (Intellectual Asset Protection System)
The Intellectual Asset Protection System provides an integrated security solution to protect your data. At the front end, authentication checks users are allowed to access the system on which result data is displayed. At the back end, entitlement checking and authentication combine to ensure query results only contain documents the user is allowed to see from repositories the user is allowed to access.
Using Autonomy connectors, Autonomy's Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) server integrates unstructured, semi-structured, and structured information from multiple repositories through an understanding of the content, delivering a real-time environment in which operations across applications and content are automated, removing all the manual processes involved in getting the right information to the right people at the right time.
Apart from XML files, only files in IDX format can be indexed into IDOL Server. You can use a connector to import files into this format or manually create IDX files.
After a document has been downloaded from the repository in which it is stored, it is imported to an IDX or XML file format. This process is called “importing.”
Store fields containing text which you want to query frequently as index fields. Index fields are processed linguistically when they are stored in IDOL Server. This means stemming and stop lists are applied to text in index fields before they are stored, which allows IDOL Server to process queries for these fields more quickly. Typically, the fields DRETITLE and DRECONTENT are set up as index fields.
After documents have been imported to IDX file format, their content (or links to the original documents) is stored in an IDOL Server. This process is called “indexing.”
You can submit a natural language query to IDOL Server which analyzes the concept of the query and returns documents that are conceptually similar to the query. You can also submit other query and search types to IDOL Server, such as Boolean, bracketed Boolean, and keyword searches.
Unlike ordinary searches that look for keywords, the Autonomy Search allows you to enter a natural language query. The concept of the query is analyzed and documents relevant to this concept are returned to you.