How’s that for an alliteration?
Back in 2007, Dave Copps introduced us to PureDiscovery at the very first SourceCon conference, and in doing so he opened the door to semantic search for many of us in the sourcing world. Semantic search is not a new concept, but it’s one that alludes many of us because it’s just one of those things that has a bit of a fuzzy definition.
Semantics, by its purest definition, is the study of the meaning of something, usually a language. This is not to be confused with syntax, which is the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences. Semantics is more about the words chosen to share a message, where syntax is more about how those words are arranged within the message. The two are interconnected, but they will take you in different directions when you search.