Archive for the ‘SharePoint’ Category

SharePoint Conference 2014

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

The Ultimate Script to download SharePoint Conference 2014 Videos AND slides! by Vlad Catrinescu.

From the post:

After everyone posted about 10 script versions to download the SharePoint Conference 2014 videos I decided to add some extra value before releasing mine! This is what my script does:

  • Downloads all the SPC14 Sessions and Slides
  • Groups them by folders
  • Makes sure no errors come up due to Illegal File names.
  • If you stop the script and restart in the middle, it will start where it left off and not from beginning.

The Total size will be a bit under 70GB. (emphasis added)

I’m always looking for scripts that will help you collect data and this sounded interesting.

Well, until I read it’s about 70GB of presentations/videos on SharePoint! 😉

Still, I suppose it will be useful for data mining about SharePoint.

And it should give you a good idea of what the baseline is for SharePoint-like services.

(All teasing to one side, what SharePoint attempts to address is a hard problem. Poor project design and what I interpret as a desire to prevent data access are not the fault of SharePoint. Not that I am a SharePoint fan but fair is fair.)

SharePoint Taxonomy: How to Start

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

SharePoint Taxonomy: How to Start

From the post:

Are you wondering how to start with SharePoint Taxonomy?

Many people have heard about the value of managed metadata, term store, and tagging in SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 but don’t have a taxonomy and are wondering what a taxonomy looks like and how to get started.

Download a free SharePoint Taxonomy from WAND and begin to see how taxonomy, managed metadata, and the term store in SharePoint can improve searching and findability of your SharePoint content. This taxonomy is a starter set of terms covering Legal, IT, HR, Accounting and Finance, and Sales and Marketing

There are more taxonomies at: http://blog.wandinc.com/p/sharepoint-2010-2013-and-online.html.

I ran across this today while thinking about the question of design patterns.

The web is littered with taxonomies, ontologies, thesauri, etc., so rather than starting over from scratch, why not cut-n-paste/adapt/represent existing structures as topic maps?

Suggestions of other sources?

Particularly ones you are interested in seeing as topic maps!

conceptClassifier for SharePoint 2010

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

conceptClassifier for SharePoint 2010 (PDF – White paper on conceptClassifier)

I encountered this white paper in a post at Beyond Search: Concept Searching Enrolls University of California.

Comparison of Sharepoint 2010 to FAST Search and conceptClassifier:

Sharepoint-conceptClassifier-1

Sharepoint-conceptClassifier-2

A comparison to other Sharepoint enhancement tools would be more useful.

Did you see anything particularly remarkable in the listed capabilities?

May not be common for Sharepoint users but auto-tagging of content has been a mainstay of NLP projects for decades.

SharePoint Module 3.2 Hotfix 4 now available

Monday, July 30th, 2012

SharePoint Module 3.2 Hotfix 4 now available

From the post:

A new hotfix package is available for version 3.2 of the TMCore SharePoint Module.

Systems Affected

This hotfix should be applied to any installation of the TMCore SharePoint Module 3.2 downloaded before 30th July 2012. If you downloaded your copy of the software from our site on or after this date, the hotfix is included in the package and you do not need to apply it again.

To determine if your system is affected, check the File Version property of the assembly NetworkedPlanet.SharePoint in the GAC (browse to C:\Windows\ASSEMBLY, locate the NetworkedPlanet.SharePoint assembly, right-click and choose Properties. The File Version can be found on the Version tab above Description and Copyright). This hotfix updates the File Version of the NetworkedPlanet.SharePoint assembly to 2.2.4.0 – if the file version shown is greater than or equal to 2.2.4.0, then you do not need to apply this hotfix.

I assume of interest mostly to Windows installations.

I don’t know of anyone running MS SharePoint on a Linux-based VM. Do you?

SharePoint Module 3.2 HotFix 3 Now Available [Javascript bug]

Saturday, June 16th, 2012

SharePoint Module 3.2 HotFix 3 Now Available

From the post:

A new hotfix package is available for version 3.2 of the TMCore SharePoint Module.

Systems Affected

This hotfix should be applied to any installation of the TMCore SharePoint Module 3.2 downloaded before 15th June 2012. If you downloaded your copy of the software from our site on or after this date, the hotfix is included in the package and you do not need to apply it again.

To determine if your system is affected, check the File Version property of the assembly NetworkedPlanet.SharePoint in the GAC (browse to C:\Windows\ASSEMBLY, locate the NetworkedPlanet.SharePoint assembly, right-click and choose Properties. The File Version can be found on the Version tab above Description and Copyright). This hotfix updates the File Version of the NetworkedPlanet.SharePoint assembly to 2.2.3.0 – if the file version shown is greater than or equal to 2.2.3.0, then you do not need to apply this hotfix.

The change log reports:

BUGFIX: Hierarchy topic selector was experiencing a javascript error when topic names contained apostrophes

The Heat in SharePoint Semantics June 30 to July 6

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The Heat in SharePoint Semantics June 30 to July 6

For a paid plug for SharePoint it isn’t bad. (The Trend Point) Covers resources for new users and those who have discovered they need something in addition to SharePoint (second day users).

The poor performance of SharePoint on findability opens up a robust after-market for topic map products. It is by no means the only or even poorest content product that could benefit from the addition of topic maps. It is one of the more widely used ones and hence there is more commercial opportunity available.

I know that Networked Planet offers topic map based remedies for Sharepoint. Others?

PS: I have no explanation for the odd titling of the original post or the rather odd clustering of links in the article. Try them and you will see what I mean.

Ontolica

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Ontolica

I saw Ontolica mentioned in a blog post as a SharePoint search solution. Going to their site I found:

Ontolica for Sharepoint 2010 takes the basic capabilities of SharePoint Search and transforms them into a true enterprise collaboration platform and addresses key SharePoint maturity challenges.The complete solution is easily-deployed to provide more relevant results, faster search navigation, and deep scalability. Best of all, Ontolica Search allows SharePoint administrators to implement customizations without programing. By selecting options in the administrator interface and immediately deploying them to end-users. It install in minutes , and can be adapted and customized without risk to meet the needs of almost any organization.

Being topic map oriented by nature, ;-), I looked for aggregation capabilities:

Need to find all of the documents on your farm that are tagged with a case-number, as well as all of the documents from your file-shares that contain that case-number in their content? With Ontolica Aggregate this is simple. And unlike content query solutions, Ontolica Aggregate leverages the power of the SharePoint search infrastructure, to provide unlimited scalability, and virtual libraries of any size.

In other words I can find all the documents that have the same case-number.

Are you as unimpressed as I am?

The other capabilities, formats supported, previews, filters, suggestions, yawn, visit the site for a complete list of features found on most if not all SharePoint enhancement software.

I won’t repeat the stories you already know about SharePoint and why it needs enhancement. No argument there.

I do have two suggestions:

  1. Consider a topic map based solution to augment your present SharePoint installation. (Try Networked Planet)
  2. Suggest to MS that it incorporate topic map capabilities into SharePoint X. Sharepoint X archives would be accessible as Sharepoint changes and to access Sharepoint data in other applications. (Imagine, mapping, not migrating data. I wonder which vendor would benefit from that?)

The Heat in SharePoint Semantics: January 20 – January 27

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

The Heat in SharePoint Semantics: January 20 – January 27

Stephen Arnold writes:

As always, SharePoint Semantics has delivered many posts that are vitally important to both SharePoint end users and search enthusiasts alike.

Read Stephen’s post and then see: SharePoint Semantics for yourself.

From the tone of the posts I would say there are at least two very large issues that topic maps can address:

First, there is the issue of working with SharePoint itself. From these posts and other reports, it would be very generous to say that SharePoint has “documentation.” True there are materials that come with it, but either it doesn’t answer the questions users have and/or it doesn’t answer any questions at all. Opinions differ.

Using a topic map to provide a portal with useful and findable information about SharePoint itself seems like an immediate commercial opportunity. Suspect like most technical advice sites you would have to rely on ad revenue but from the numbers, it looks like people needing Sharepoint help is only going to increase.

Second, it is readily apparent that it is one thing to create data and store it in Sharepoint. It is quite another to make that information findable by others.

I don’t think that is entirely a matter of poor design or coding on the part of MS. I have never seen a useful SharePoint site but site design is left up to users. Even MS can’t increase the information management capabilities of the average user. Or at least I have never seen MS software have that result. 😉

The findability inside a SharePoint installation is an issue that topic maps can address. Like SharePoint, topic maps won’t make users more capable but they can put better tools at their disposal to assist in finding data. That isn’t speculation on my part, there is at least one topic map vendor that provides that sort of service for SharePoint installations.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I think offering better findability with topic maps isn’t going to be sufficient to drive market adoption. On the other hand, enhancing findability within contexts and applications that users are already using, may be the sweet spot we have been looking for.

Wordmap Taxonomy Connectors for SharePoint and Endeca (Logician/Ontologist not included or required)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Wordmap Taxonomy Connectors for SharePoint and Endeca

From the post:

Wordmap SharePoint Taxonomy Connector

Integrate Wordmap taxonomies directly with Microsoft® SharePoint to classify documents as well as support SharePoint browsing and search capabilities. The SharePoint Taxonomy Connector allows you to overcome many of the difficulties of managing taxonomies inside the SharePoint environment by allowing you to use Wordmap to do all of the daily taxonomy management tasks.

Wordmap Endeca Taxonomy Connector

The Endeca® Information Access Platform thrives on robust, well-constructed and well-maintained taxonomies. Use Wordmap to do your taxonomy management and allow our Endeca Taxonomy Connector to push the taxonomy to Endeca as the foundation of the guided navigation experience. Wordmap’s Endeca Taxonomy Connector directly translates your taxonomies into the Endeca dimension.xsd format, pulled into Endeca on system start-up. The Wordmap Endeca Taxonomy Connector also allows you to leverage taxonomy in Endeca’s powerful auto-classification engine for improved content indexing.

Wordmap Taxonomy Connector Highlights:

  • No configuration needed for consuming systems,
  • Wordmap taxonomy data is sent in the preferred format of the search application for easy ingestion
  • Manage the taxonomy centrally and push out only relevant sections for indexing, navigation and search
  • Taxonomy is seamlessly integrated into the content lifecycle

Definitely a step in the right direction.

Points to consider as you plan your next topic map project:

  1. Require no configuration for consuming systems,
  2. Send in the preferred format of the search application for easy ingestion
  3. Taxonomy not managed by end users, automatically push out relevant sections for indexing, navigation and search
  4. Seamlessly integrate topic map into the content lifecycle

Interesting that “tagging” of the data is a requirement for use of this tool. I would have thought otherwise.

Any pointers to how often this has been chosen as a solution? The last entry on their news page is dated in 2009. Which may mean they don’t keep up their website very well or that they aren’t active enough to have any news.

They are owned by Earley and Associates, which does have an active website but I still didn’t see much news about Wordmap. Searching turned up some old materials but nothing really recent.

Who Is Using SharePoint? The Fortune 500 That Is Who

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Who Is Using SharePoint? The Fortune 500 That Is Who

From the post (Beyond Search):

Oh boy! Our content wranglers found another great list and we are excited about it. Once more TopSharePoint.com pools its sources to gather twenty-five “Fortune 500 Companies Using SharePoint.

The title of the post is slightly misleading. From the TopSharePoint.com article:

Below you will find a list of few Fortune 500 companies using SharePoint technology for their public-facing websites. This review is trying to highlight the adoption of SharePoint in the corporate world as well as the customization level these companies accomplished.

So this list is only some of the Fortune 500 companies who are using SharePoint for their public-facing websites. That’s sounds like a much smaller number than the Beyond Search post would imply. Granting that I think search can be improved by any number of technologies, including topic maps, but let’s be correct in how we represent other posts. A list of Fortune 500 companies that use SharePoint would be quite longer than the one listed at TopSharePoint.com.