FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR USING ACCURATE DOCUMENT TAGGING -- A NEW INNOVATION IN DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT
Remember that U2 hit, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm
Looking For?" The song isn't actually about document
management, but read the lyrics and it very
well could be.
The inclusion of full-text searching in the Mac and Windows
operating systems has actually set document management back.
The problem with these tools is that they find too much.
Accordingly, purely searching the content of your documents
doesn't help find the specific file
you're looking for.
That's why document tagging is so important. What's document
tagging? Continue reading because it's a major innovation
for document management.
Just about a year ago we received a support question from
one of our biggest clients that really surprised us. "Does DocMoto support file content searching?" Well of course it does, but the firm didn't see the feature because of a setting in their system. Shockingly, they had been using DocMoto for over a year and had never noticed they didn't have content search available. So we asked them why.
The answer, "Content searching doesn't help that much since
all our files are very similar. That's why we use tagging."
DOCUMENT TAGGING 101
In DocMoto parlance a tag is a label. Employees apply (or stick) tags to documents to effectively categorize their documents (including email). A document can have as many tags (or labels) as necessary.
The Problem With Simple Keywords
I know what you're thinking. Mac-based firms have a number
of tools that support tagging. Even Apple's own Finder does
in OS X Mavericks. But the problem with almost all of these
tools is that the tags are really just lists of keywords.
Allowing users to add totally free format lists of keywords
might work in a true solo business, but as soon
as more users exist you need much more control.
Give a Tag a Type
The first step to improving the power of a tag is to give it
a "type." DocMoto supports three basic types -- "text,",
"numbers" and "dates."
When a tag has a type searching becomes so much more
powerful. For example if a tag is a date, and is a "review
date" it is a simple task to find "All Contracts for Review
This Month," or "All Contracts Overdue."
Choose Your Tag Values From a List
The second step to improving the quality of tagging is to
make sure users can only choose values from a predefined
list. This guarantees that only tags with known values are
in DocMoto. It ensures consistency throughout the organisation
and removes any problems with spelling, abbreviation or
There Is Still Room for the Free-Format Tag?
Of course there are always some tags that really must be
free format. A "Comments" tag for example. Naturally DocMoto
supports these as well, but they are your last resort for
miscellanea, not your sole tool.
Collecting Tag Data From Your Users
It's one thing to set up some powerful and consistent tags,
but how can you ensure your users complete them? DocMoto
takes a very simple but powerful approach -- it asks users
to enter tag information at the point of adding or checking
back a document. DocMoto doesn't want to overburden busy
users, so tags can be marked as mandatory or optional, and
the tag set required can be varied easily from one folder to
NOW YOU CAN FIND YOUR DOCUMENTS
What does your firm get from tagging. Well you can find
documents very fast (e.g. while you're on the phone with a
client). For organisations that matters. It improves
efficiency and can even help you win business!
DocMoto is a professional level document management system
designed for firms using Mac or that want to switch to
Tagging is just one of many features that attracts companies
to using DocMoto.