We’re excited to be testing an experimental feature – auto-tagging of records which have attached documentswebsite URLscomments or general text content.

Auto-tagging will automatically add topics, ‘social tags‘ and people to these records. To explain with pictures, here are a couple of examples of automatically annotated records.

A link to a news article (click the image to expand it):

A link to a news article

and a document from our learning library:

Tagged document

This capability utilises the www.opencalais.com project. They have built their service on machine learning, language processing and other artificial intelligence capabilities combined with large text databases. To learn a bit more about how it works, check out their website.

We expect that auto-tagging will work better or worse depending on the type of content. Early results seem to suggest that a large amount of text content (say a page) is better than small (e.g. a paragraph). We have to emphasise that as an experimental feature, it may or may not work for any particular customer, but we’d really like people to try it and let us know how they get on.

What can you use it for?

That’s up to you! You can imagine for example enabling much better searching for documents. If you remember a document contains a story about ‘foxes and hedgehogs’ but can’t remember the name, you can just search for that.

You could also perform statistical analysis of tags or allow it to give you a quick précis of a record without reading the whole thing.

So how do you turn it on?

Really easily – in agileBase’s admin interface, go into the fields list for a particular feature and add a standard text field with the ‘use tags’ option ticked. Then go into the field options and also tick the ‘auto-tag’ checkbox (or just tick both options when you create the field).

This will then cause any relevant record to be auto-tagged as soon as you attach a document, link to a website or add enough text content to the record itself.

If you’d like to know more, or want to give us some feedback, just get in touch.

Note: as an experimental feature, it’s free to use for now, but if this takes off and we pass their free usage limits, that may not always be the case.

Please note that although they don’t store your actual content, you should also check out the OpenCalais terms of service and make sure that you’re happy sending your data their way.