Understanding Your Information Needs

You should have an understanding of the subject areas to be addressed by your topic design and be familiar with the search requirements of users at your site. The next step is to understand your informational needs, as well as the document types to be searched.

In planning your initial topic design, keep in mind that you are developing a strategy, and the topics you define are the tactics you will use to implement that strategy.

As you develop your strategy, try to answer the following questions:

Consider the topics you define as questions to be asked. Just as you might ask a reference librarian at your local library for information relating to a subject area, the topics you create should pose questions when creating Verity search agents.

When considering your strategy, and how Verity search applications will be implemented to provide a solution, keep in mind that a topic you design performs several roles, as follows: