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OpenText Collections Server

Maximize the value of knowledge assets

Designed for specialized research and archival solutions, OpenText™ Collections Server (formerly Livelink Collections Server, or BASIS) excels at managing hybrid content consisting of documents and their associated descriptive metadata. Collections that are notable for significant size, scope and enduring value usually contain content that is dense, with complex terminology, so search assistance including thesaurus browsing, search redirections, faceted navigation and result clustering provides significant help to users.


  • Reduce research costs and improve productivity
  • Contain development costs
  • Improve information access
  • Manage massive collections of intellectual capital
  • Elevate data integrity standards
  • Increase the value and utility of legacy content

While business content is often managed to control liability, some content is a significant business asset. Such assets represent your organization's intellectual capital that can earn compounded interest when the knowledge within is easily accessible to inform effective research and decision-making.

Used by major commercial and government information centers, OpenText Collections Server is ideally suited for:

  • Research reports
  • Scholarly output
  • Technical document publishing
  • Legislative tracking
  • Archival collections
  • Contracts and litigation
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Product catalogs


  • Extensive indexing options: Collections Server provides extensive field and text indexing options, including word and phrase, context definition, date conversion, native lexical capabilities such as plurals control and Soundex. Since keyword indexes may not be appropriate for all data types, Collections Server is flexible to let you define the index type best suited for the data to guarantee successful retrieval.
  • Robust term validation thesaurus: The ANSI standard thesaurus is dynamically invoked at data entry for term validation with reciprocation, term switching and override. At retrieval, the Collections Server thesaurus provides search assistance through browse and select lists, term switching, disambiguation and search expansion of broader or narrower terms.
  • Hit-to-hit navigation: Collections Server provides hit-to-hit navigation of search terms inside each document, enabling you to move directly to the page that contains your search term.
  • Index term browsing: Collections Server enables users to directly browse the collection of indexed terms (via index and thesaurus), facilitating knowledge discovery.
  • Compound fields: Compound fields can be defined to store and discretely index lists of author names, companies, subjects, or other values that all apply to a single document. Unique to Collections Server, the ability to manage compound fields and differentiate each element is ideally suited to complex metadata and text database applications.
  • Faceted navigation and result set clustering: The Collections Server provides the platform to evaluate results and rank them according to content in context for maximum productivity and knowledge discovery.
  • Traditional field searching: The ability to search structured fields and text in a single query ensures precise retrieval over large collections of related content. Context awareness helps users find information about a specialized concept, not just all the documents that contain the search words.
  • Open architecture and standard interfaces: There are several interface and application development options for building Collections Server applications. The Webtop Suite provides a full-featured web user experience and API. It offers schema-aware default pages for search, display and data maintenance. Webtop is also a JDBC and Java development toolkit for rapid deployment.