Too modest to puff his own horn, Thomas Stewart takes on (the
failures of) knowledge management.
Wed, 16 Jan 2002 10:00:17 -0500
Definitely in favor of this approach, although full-text is a nice alternative to grep -- when you get over a gig of stored email, inverted indexes are definitely a necessary optimization.
Right now, I use Outlook's (cruddy) equivalent of grep. Every so often, I consider buying an indexing plug-in from 80-20 software.
The only problem with this approach is that many people can't write good queries. That's one of the flaws with Lifestreams/Mirrorworlds/Scopeware; it takes a flat filing approach to storing documents, and relies on full-text search to filter the documents down for specific "streams" of interest.
From: Eirikur Hallgrimsson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 1:08 AM
To: Meltsner, Kenneth; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: Too modest to puff his own horn, Thomas Stewart takes on
(the failures of) knowledge management.
On Tuesday 15 January 2002 05:57 pm, Meltsner, Kenneth wrote:
> If you have a chaotic, poorly organized folder full of useful and
> useless information from a mailing list, at least you have the
> information somewhere in that folder.
Flat files. Query languages. People who know how to structure queries.
I'll say it: "grep."
Building structures to solve a problem that you don't understand is worse
than living with the problem.
I wonder what happened to the guy from U of Texas who was big into (aka
thesis work) flat file indexing. I think he was even working on
concept-indexing. All I remember is a pretty interesting proof of
concept that was binary-only of course for ancient Macintoshim.