What is knowledge mining?
Knowledge mining is an emerging discipline in artificial intelligence (AI) that uses a combination of intelligent services to quickly learn from vast amounts of information. It allows organizations to deeply understand and easily explore information, uncover hidden insights, and find relationships and patterns at scale.
Ingest your content from Azure sources like Azure Blob storage, Azure Table storage, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Cosmos DB, as well as hundreds of third-party sources, via dedicated connectors.
Extract text-based content from file formats such as PDF, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and CSV. See the full list of supported formats.
Work across different document types and formats, including images, audio files, forms, web pages, and Office documents, without the cost and complexity of building and managing individual AI services.
Enrich your understanding of the content with cognitive skills, such as image classification, face recognition, language detection, and key phrase extraction. These operations let you produce new fields in your search index that are not available natively in the source.
Integrate custom models or classifiers that can be built with any language or framework of your choice. Explore insights with pre-configured search, or through analytics tools and business applications.
Supplement with custom analyzers, invoke fuzzy search queries, add contextual search, or set weighted parameters for your unique scenario.
How knowledge mining works
By orchestrating various AI capabilities, knowledge mining delivers an enhanced experience that enables organizations to gain insights faster from content that would otherwise remain untapped. There are three phases to knowledge mining: ingest, enrich, and explore.
Ingest content from a range of sources, using connectors to first and third-party data stores.
Enrich the content with AI capabilities that let you extract information, find patterns, and deepen understanding.
Explore the newly indexed data via search, bots, existing business applications, and data visualizations.
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When organizations task employees to review and research of technical data, it can be tedious to read page after page of dense text. Knowledge mining helps employees quickly review these dense materials.
Developers could use knowledge mining to help attorneys quickly identify entities of importance from discovery documents and flag important ideas across documents.
In industries where bidding competition is fierce, or when the diagnosis of a problem must be quick or in near real-time, companies can use knowledge mining to avoid costly mistakes.
For many companies, customer support is costly and inefficient. Knowledge mining can help customer support teams quickly find the right answer for a customer inquiry or assess customer sentiment at scale.
Given the amount of unstructured data created daily, many companies are struggling to make use of or find information within their files. Knowledge mining through a search index makes it easy for end customers and employees to locate what they are looking for faster.
Many companies create products for multiple sectors, hence the business opportunities with different vendors and buyers increases exponentially. Knowledge mining can help organizations to scour thousands of pages of sources to create an accurate bid.
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See how Howden, an energy solutions provider, implemented its knowledge mining solution.
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Customers are doing great things with knowledge mining
Learn how the software company utilizes knowledge mining to help its customers uncover hidden insights in contracts, which helps lower risk and increase revenue.
Find out how this data services company employs knowledge mining to cut its document processing time from months to minutes and create new analytics opportunities.
Learn how the Dutch shipbuilding pioneer uses knowledge mining to search more than a million documents in under two seconds, speeding time to resolution and improving customers’ experience.
Discover how this cloud-based web development platform applied knowledge mining to provide customers AI-driven search and indexing results, scaling to millions of sites.
This global engineering company uses knowledge mining to create more accurate bid proposals and reclaim the time it would take to manually compile them.
See how the magazine is tapping into knowledge mining to preserve 160 years of published history. Its vision is to transition from hard copy to a digital system in which archives can be perused by the public and by writers to build informative stories.