SharePoint Knowledge Management: Organizations are slowly waking up to the enormous value that enterprise social knowledge networking can unlock. With Microsoft SharePoint Collaborative Knowledge Management (CKM) becomes an approach to enable organizational intelligence in the enterprise. Taxonomy is the key: Managed Metadata can drive navigation, discovery and search, relation, and re-usability of content. Managed Metadata provides a common vocabulary for corporate language and can connect people to social networks.

While Microsoft has provided a state-of-the-art backend solution for knowledge management and search with SharePoint, the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint is focused on managed metadata life-cycle management, content classification by assigning managed metadata manually and automatically, knowledge browsing, navigation and search-driven content discovery. Please take a look at the product video presentations here.

SharePoint Knowledge Management: Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite

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Fig.: Customer Pain Points solved by the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint

The Layer2 Knowledge Managment Suite for SharePoint includes the following components that can be installed and used separately as well:

Taxonomy Manager for SharePoint 

Taxonomy Manager for SharePoint: The app adds additional managed metadata properties (e.g. content classification rules) to the SharePoint term store. It offers export / backup and import / restore, update and deployment of taxonomies on term set level. The Taxonomy Manager supports common knowledge management standards like SKOS format for data exchange with external systems. Full taxonomy lifecycle management to develop, enhance, deploy and maintain SharePoint term sets. Please find a video intro here.

Tag Suggester for SharePoint 

Tag Suggester for SharePoint: While adding taxonomy-based terms to an item or document using an enterprise metadata field, the Tag Suggester displays a suggestion list based on given term store taxonomies, classification rules, item properties, context and document or item content. Installed IFilters are used for content retrieval. The app highly increases productivity and precision of user-based content categorization in SharePoint portals. Please find a video presentation here.

Auto Tagger for SharePoint 

Auto Tagger for SharePoint The app categorizes items and documents automatically in background without any user interaction, based on given SharePoint Term Store taxonomies, classification rules, item properties, document context and content. The Auto Tagger offers high quality of subject classification using a high performance Microsoft .NET Framework based classification rule engine. The Auto Tagger could be helpful for initial tagging, e.g. after content migration from any system to SharePoint 2010, as well as for daily operation. Please find a video intro here.

Tag Navigation Web Part for SharePoint 

Tag Navigation Web Part for SharePoint: The app harvest the value of collaborative tagging and content classification by using the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 or 2013 managed metadata taxonomy tree directly for content discovery and navigation. The web part offers flexible link building, e.g. link to the tag profile page or direclty to a search-driven content result list. Optionally the app can display additional information, e.g. tag or term descriptions, usage counts. Customer specific branding is fully supported by the template-based design. Please find a video intro here.

Tag Directory Web Part for SharePoint 

Tag Directory Web Part for SharePoint: The app displays the SharePoint 2010 or 2013 managed metadata taxonomy tree as a flat A-Z directory index of categories (glossary) for improved content discovery and navigation. It also provides a common vocabulary for corporate language.
The app offers flexible link building, e.g. link to the Tag Profile page or a search-driven content result list. Optionally additional information, e.g. tag description and usage count can be displayed. Customer specific branding is fully supported by the template-based design. Please find a video intro here.

Tag Cloud Web Part for SharePoint 

Tag Cloud Web Part for SharePoint: Users can navigate the portal content by its importance using this familiar but now taxonomy-based tag cloud web part. The app offers flexible link building, e.g. link to the Tag Profile page or to a search-driven content result list. Optionally additional information, e.g. tag description and usage count can be displayd. Customer specific branding is fully supported by the template-based design.

related Content Web Part for SharePoint 

Related Content Web Part for SharePoint: As a SharePoint next generation search-driven application the web part automatically displays related content in a given context or content that is tagged with any specific terms using managed metadata taxonomies. The "Related Content" feature is well known from the internet, e.g. from amazon.com - now available for SharePoint portals as well.
The app offers flexible settings and output formatting to support customer specific branding. Please find a video intro here.

You may also include any external data source into the SharePoint Knowledge Management and Social Networking features without any restrictions using the Business Data List Connector for SharePoint.

The Knowledge Management Suite was developed 100% based on the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 / 2013 Server Enterprise Metadata Management API and was certified as "Microsoft Platform Ready for SharePoint".

Forrester Research about the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite

Click here to read what Forrester Research writes about Microsoft Partners for SharePoint Knowledge Management and Social Networking  
Fig.: Read more about taxonomy gaps with SharePoint and how to close using the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite in this Forrester Research study.

Gartner Research about the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite

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Fig.: Read more about the Layer2 Taxonomy Manager and Knowledge Management Suite in this Gartner report.

Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite - Customer References

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Fig.: Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint customer references. All trademarks cited here are the property of their respective owners.
 
Many large companies and organizations - but also SMBs - all over the world are successfully using the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint, e.g. NATO C3 AGENCY (NC3A), US Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), World Bank, United Nations (UNOG), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Ford Motor Company, EnBW AG, Siemens AG, Bank of New Zealand, University Of Melbourne, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, American Family Life Assurance Company (AFLAC), Schleupen AG, Towers Watson, Landesamt fuer Steuern und Finanzen of Freistaat Sachsen, ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH, KTR Kupplungstechnik GmbH and many more.

AIIM August 2014 Study about Enterprise Search

The current AIIM study about the state of enterprise search "Search and Discovery - Exploiting Knowledge Minimizing Risk" gives the following insides:

  • 1% only say enterprise search is not that important.
  • 12% only have a strategy in enterprise search.
  • 71% say search is vital or essential to their jobs
  • 3 out of 4 agree that information is found easier outside their own organization.
  • 60% say that automatic analytic tools are the only way to improve content classification and tagging.
  • 44% of companies get ROI in search investments in less than 12 month.

Microsoft SharePoint and the Layer2 Knowledge Management Suite can help to close this gap.

Layer2 Knowledge Managment Suite - Next Steps

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We were able to successfully use the tag rules, tag suggestions and the auto-tagging features in your KMS product. Great product and thanks for offering it at a reasonable price point.

 

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SharePoint Knowledge Management Suite V3 Released By Layer2

​Layer2 has released version 3 of their Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint to jump-start collaborative document management projects for portals based on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 technology.

Microsoft SharePoint Knowledge Management Suite V2.4 Released By Layer2

​​Layer2 has released version 2.4 of their Knowledge Management Suite for SharePoint to jump-start DMS, KM and Social Networking projects for portals based on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and 2013 technology.
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FREE SKOS-based taxonomies to use with Microsoft SharePoint

Import the following completely FREE SKOS Taxonomies to SharePoint using the Taxonomy Manager: STW Thesaurus for Economics, Thesaurus for the Social Sciences, Country Codes, Drug Administration Forms, Vocabularies for GeoSciML Geoscience information interchange, DDC Dewey Decimal Classification, Libris' vocabularies, National Széchényi Library's vocabularies, Library of Congress’ vocabularies, German national Library' subject headings, French National Library's subject headings, VIAF person authorities, Wikipedia categories, New York Times subjects, IVOA astronomy vocabularies, NASA taxonomy, GEMET General Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus, AGROVOC Agricultural Thesaurus, Linked Life Data, Taxonconcept, UK Public sector vocabularies, UMBEL Upper Mapping and Binding Exchange Layer, Blogger's Topics, GTAA, MeSH and IPSV, UKAT UK Archival Thesaurus, W3C Glossaries, Language codes, IPTC and other.

Gartner Research: Ecosystem Partners That Can Help You Mind Six Gaps in SharePoint

​In this study Gartner Research shows, how Layer2 can fill the gaps with SharePoint out-of-the-box taxonomy management and content classification.

Information Management Magazine about Web 3.0, semantic and social interaction

"With Web 3.0, the Internet can finally realize elaborate and complex virtual worlds, where social interaction drives business operations." (William Laurent)

Introduction to Enterprise Metadata Management in SharePoint Server 2010

This article provides an overview of some of the key concepts related to working with the new managed metadata features in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. It discusses how the new managed metadata features provide support for the implementation of formal taxonomies through managed terms. It also explains how social tags work, and how they relate to managed metadata features such as managed terms and enterprise keywords.

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SKOS: Simple Knowledge Organization System - W3C

SKOS has been developed by the W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group (SWDWG) to support the use of knowledge organization systems (KOS) such as thesauri, classification schemes, subject heading lists and taxonomies within the framework of the Semantic Web. The SharePoint Taxonomy Manager supports SKOS as format for term import and export.

Understanding Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2010 and its Impact on Taxonomy, Navigation and Search

One of the most complete blog posts about Managed Metadata in SharePoint 2010 by Fabian Williams.