ANT’box, our collaborative EDM software to organize, process and share your digital documents seamlessly!
Easy to FEED
There are a number of ways you can feed ANT’box (drag and drop, e-mail, put in a shared server directory etc.). Whichever way you use, ANT’box creates a memo which accompanies documents sent. You can use this memo to enrich the document (optionally or mandatorily) with metadata, such as access rights, indices which also act as classification schemes and links with other information.
With office automation documents, ANT’box converts them to PDFs, recognises what language they are and indexes them completely via in-depth linguistic analysis.
All you need is a few basic skills and some specific knowhow about organising content if need be! It’s very easy to learn, and that much faster to acquire.
Being so easy to use and less feed constraints involved really boost the richness of content and so operate the platform effectively.
Feeding can also be done automatically, either by using tools for integrating large numbers of existing files (on file servers or in other EDM tools), i.e. generic ‘connectors’ which can be parametered, or again by integrating the results of other content generating tools such as online monitoring and search tools.
ANT’box grew out of nuclear research, and is a reliable, robust platform ensuring secure, permanent access to information stored. Rights can be fine-tuned (right down to document level) to manage access for individuals or groups of individuals, ensuring a high level of confidentiality if need be while avoiding rights being inherited from files to sub-files.
These rights can be divided into read and write (edit) rights:
Read rights by combining access list concepts (users or groups) and authority levels
Write rights via the additional concept of co-author. Without a co-author, memos and their associated documents can only be edited by their original authors (the contributor who first put the document in the database), which guarantees and protects whoever wrote the memo; and anyone reading the memo will decide how credible it is by knowing who wrote it as the memo states.
With ANT’box, you can use content in a number of ways:
Check and find: display content, e.g. by following a chronological access, or by navigating in ‘directories’ (multiple classification schemes) or using any document properties as navigation filters.
Targeted search: request all project documents, a given kind of document or any other specified metadata.
‘Open’ search: ask questions in current (or natural) language, and the tool will give structured answers, organising ‘hit’ documents by reference levels ‘explained’ imply. This search uses a search engine developed by CEA List using semantic technologies.
Filtered search: interrogate content via requests combining different metadata, or filter searches by current language.
Show process history: links between memos ordered by contributors can be displayed graphically, showing chains of different kinds: thinking together, progress of a project, chain of events etc.
Display content in part: metadata contributors use can be used to create and display data ‘maps’ in the form of two-dimensional tables, filtered by other metadata if necessary (dates, etc. …) are also dashboards focusing on specific information (where monitoring priorities cross, how different projects are progressing, etc.).