Knowledge Management for SharePoint

Layer2 has released version 3 of its Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint suite designed to jump-start collaborative document management projects for portals based on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 technology.

The Taxonomy Manager now offers advanced import, export, update and deployment features for term sets. To make use of commercially available taxonomies the widely used XML-based SKOS format is fully supported for data interchange and integration. The solution also adds content classification rules to terms managed in the SharePoint Term Store as a pre-consideration for content categorization.

The Layer2 Tag Suggester for SharePoint makes it as easy as possible to add metadata to SharePoint items or documents. Content classification rules managed directly in the Term Store are used to make content-based suggestions to guide users while manually assigning metadata. 

Content is classified completely automatically with metadata, based on classification rules, existing content properties, item context and also document content for almost any document type, e.g. Word or PDF. 

This is promoted as a great step forward for companies that have to classify large document sets, for example after migration to SharePoint. The Auto Tagger V3 comes with new features including list-based auto-tagging on document insert and change, and bulk-tagging, e.g. to finalise migration projects.

Out-of-the-box SharePoint already provides features to profit from content classification, e.g. metadata-based list filters or facetted search drill-downs. The Layer2 Tag Navigation Web Part for SharePoint adds additional navigation options to the SharePoint default. 

The tree-structured enterprise taxonomies can directly be used for content discovery. Users can simply browse all the corporate knowledge - independent of the item's storage locations.

The Layer2 Tag Directory Web Part for SharePoint offers some kind of index or glossary of corporate keywords based on the Term Store. This type of index is well-known from technical books, now also available for SharePoint. 

"The Layer2 SharePoint Directory can help employees to find a common corporate language and understanding based on enterprise taxonomies. The automatically built index of terms also allows to easily find and share content alphabetically - a must-have for each SharePoint portal," said Frank Daske, Product Manager at Layer2.

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