Examples

Cultural Heritage

Linking museum objects across multiple collections

Museums and other organizations that own cultural heritage collections struggle with their online presence. The smaller organizations don't have the budget for professional websites. The larger ones want to link collections to improve the experience for online visitors. See Spanish pottery objects found in the Netherlands by an archeological institute combined with pictures of clothes worn by Spanish soldiers from a clothing museum in Spain.

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Aduna created the infrastructure to connect online collections of cultural heritage organizations. Smaller museums can tap in to this infrastructure with low budgets. The software works on top of different collection management systems and it generates new, virtual collections of objects. This cloud of data finds its source in the collections owned by different museums.

Financial Services

Analyzing data in documents for business decisions

Business Intelligence (BI) solutions help organizations to find answers to important business questions, like what customer segment will be targeted in the new direct mailing campaign. The problem for many organizations is that valuable data is mostly available as unstructured textual data in documents. Studies report up to 70% of organizational data stored in hard to access documents. Business analysts don't have access to this data with traditional BI systems.

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For a large international financial services company Aduna worked on a system that made the data stored in unstructured documents accessible for business analysts. Analysts were able to explore the documents from multiple perspectives such as a customer perspective, or a risk perspective.

E-commerce

Smart filtering for webshops

Adequate navigation in a webshop helps turning visitors into buyers. Search boxes do not work very well in a webshop since they force the visitor to use words that match exactly. In a webshop you will not have the redundancy that users have on the Internet. Misspelling or wrong words will lead to a 'zero results' answer and a non-returning visitor. Showing the webshop offer in different categories and using smart filtering techniques gives the visitor the opportunity to explore the shop. This helps to refine the visitor's ideas and improves the shop experience. But most of all it increases the conversion ratio and it enables up and cross selling.

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Aduna created guided exploration software that works on top of shop inventory software. It creates a guided exploration space that is integrated in the webshop and it helps visitors to find what they want.

E-discovery

Intella, complex tasks and ease of use

Most applications for email investigation and e-discovery are complex and hard to use. Users need to have an above average understanding of the tools to get the job done. Specialists are overloaded. Intella offers investigators ease of use and hides complexity from them.

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Aduna created AutoFocus, the predecessor of Intella. Positioned as a desktop search instrument it had several innovative features all packed in a well-balanced application. Search results were visualised. Results could be filtered with facets. AutoFocus gave Vound a head start in the development of Intella.

E-publishing

DOPE project for Elsevier Science

The exploration of large information spaces is a difficult task. Users are often unfamiliar with the dominant terminology in a domain. In the medical domain for example you may want to expand your query for "aspirin" to the connected term "acetylsalicylic acid". Advanced tools improve information access by using explicit models of the terminology used in a domain.

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Aduna designed and created a prototype of an application called the ”DOPE Browser”. It gives users the ability to query and navigate a collection of medical documents using a thesaurus, while hiding much of the complexity, such as the existence of multiple data sources.