Your data make sense
A map to discover a knowledge field
Structure and meaning
A thesaurus is a structured vocabulary, a set of words organized according to their meaning. It defines relations: synonyms, translations, and orthographical variants, related, specific or generic concepts, etc. Like an ontology or a mind map, a thesaurus allows to model a structure, to describe and organize a knowledge field. It is a tool to build the semantic web.
Silence and noise
Silence and noise are two undesired phenomena while searching. Silence designates relevant information not being returned. On the contrary, noise corresponds to undesired information being provided anyway.
By providing means to better qualify the search, a thesaurus enables a better understanding of the user’s intent. Silence and noise are considerably reduced. This idea is called semantic search.
Faceted and topic search
Faceted navigation is a simple way to narrow search. Someone searching for “solutions” will be more satisfied by the results if he could state he is a chemist or a mathematician.
Moreover a thesaurus also allows for topic searches. By focusing on a specific aspect or by widening the perspective to related or parent topics, interesting discoveries can be made.