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In its simplest form, indexing is the process of scanning the text of multiple electronic documents to build a database table of search terms that correspond to those documents. It’s what Google does for Internet search, and it’s also a key component in e-discovery. Indexing enables optimized search and retrieval, and is particularly advantageous for managing captive and centralized repositories with non-changing static data. For the enterprise, this approach is best employed to manage captive and centralized data archives and business records repositories, which is what “enterprise search” tools were originally designed to do.

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