Classifying Information

Classifying information into categories and subcategories allows your users to locate individual documents by drilling down through the concepts represented by each category until they find relevant documents. Classification organizes the documents in your collections into content hierarchies, called taxonomies. A taxonomy is a hierarchical organization of information by categories, such as kind of animal, as shown in Figure 4-1.

Figure 4-1    Sample Taxonomy Containing Animal Categories

As the number of documents used by an organization increases, the need to classify them into an intuitive and meaningful hierarchy becomes more important. A major issue for many organizations is how to create such a hierarchy without examining each document, especially when the categories themselves have not already been explicitly identified. This issue becomes acute when there are thousands or millions of documents to classify.

Verity’s classification solution enables a flexible approach that can combine subject matter (domain) expertise with automatic classification for documents in all popular formats. This solution enables you to organize your information assets into categories, making them accessible for users to browse.

Verity’s classification infrastructure can be implemented by using:

Verity Business Console taxonomy module, a graphical user interface-based tool


a set of command line tools provided by Verity


the Organization Developer’s Kit (ODK), which enables you to embed the infrastructure in your application programatically


This manual describes how to classify information using Verity Business Console. For information about ODK, see Verity Organization Developer’s Kit Programming Guide.