Flax and CogniDox to Tackle Information Overload Through Better Search

British companies CogniDox (site) and Flax (site) reckon the typical user gets over 1.5 GB of data in a day, including documents and streamed content, and thinks that repository search is the answer.

Looking for a Needle in a Document Haystack?

The two companies have taken different approaches to the problem of information overload and are combining their technologies to create a hybrid solution.

CogniDox offers document management and control software to small companies all the way up to the enterprise. Using a browser and supporting all major file formats, it provides document approval processes to help get work accurately completed and published. Content can then by found later by searching within the body of a document or in metadata.

Targeted at diverse industries, CogniDox can be used by electronics manufacturers, publishers, training creators and others. It is designed to integrate with a company's existing software and is compliant with ISO:9001, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, etc.

Flax offers a pure search function (based on Xapian) that can index massive amounts of data and provide near-instant results. Flax can search seamlessly across data stored on different computers and in different locations. It can index common document types including Microsoft Office documents, PDF, web pages, XML, Exchange files and relational databases.

Collaboration is the Answer

Both companies offer open source products, so tying them together is a logical move. The result is that CogniDox users can now access the highly accurate search results provided by Flax. CogniDox is available on a subscription or enterprise license, while Flax is free.