Hands-on Learning

February 19, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, News

The Data Harmony Users Group Meeting continued today with a presentation by Paul G. Kotula of the Materials Characterization department at Sandia National Laboratories. In the presentation, “Six Months of Work in the Lab will Save You Half a Day in the Library or 30 Minutes Online”, he shared his experience as both a consumer and a producer of peer-reviewed, published scientific literature.

Paul is an award-winning author, researcher, and peer reviewer who knows his stuff and knows how our clients use the content that our software enriches. During his presentation, he got specific about how people in his field use information and how researchers use collections.

Today wrapped up the case studies. Over the next two days there will be specific hands-on training, networking, and learning opportunities for the clients. Everyone seems to be eager to get their hands “dirty” and the Access Innovations staff are here and available to answer any questions.

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Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

The TaxoBook Reviewed

February 18, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) Knowledge Management Division recently reviewed the book, The Taxobook, written by our own Marjorie M.K. Hlava. Their observations and acknowledgments on the content, quality, and focus were in line with what the author intended. “I hope these books will contribute to a better understanding of the different ways taxonomies can be implemented and why information management professionals should embrace them,” said Hlava in the book’s release.

The reviewers were also quick to point out other attributes, i.e., “While each of the three parts comprising this work ends with a glossary, the distinguishing feature of Part 1 has to be the gorgeous, not to be missed illustrations.”

The books are available through Morgan & Claypool Publishers in either online or print format.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Win Hansen Named Production Manager at Access Innovations, Inc.

February 16, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured

Access Innovations, Inc. is pleased to announce another big change to its corporate structure, a move that will streamline workflow and improve the efficiency of Access Innovations’ client projects.

Win Hansen has now been moved into his new role as production manager. Since starting at Access Innovations in 2009, Win has performed myriad tasks for the company and has learned every aspect of the business. This makes him uniquely suited to the wide range of tasks a production manager is required to perform. His versatility, taxonomy building expertise, and people management skills make him the perfect person for the role. Margie Hlava, President of Access Innovations, stated, “Win has been one of our most flexible and versatile employees for some time. He’s willing to get his hands dirty with any project, no matter how strange, with all of his enthusiasm and effort. He is a valuable asset to the Access Innovations family and we are all thrilled with his promotion to Production Manager.”

Win remarks, “I am very excited about this great opportunity. While I know there will be a lot to learn, I am certain that I am more than ready for what’s in store for me and I’m prepared, through this promotion, to help take Access Innovations into the future.”

Win started as a taxonomist at Access Innovations and, later, served as office manager and the company’s graphic designer. He has been involved in projects of all kinds, from taxonomy development to animation and more. Win has led projects for Triumph Learning, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), JSTOR, the American Institute for Physics (AIP), Harvard Business Publishing, and many more.

Win attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned degrees in history, religion, and art, and he vigorously continues in the classroom to this day. His interests include ceramics, photography, travel, chicken breeding, and beekeeping.

 

About Access Innovations, Inc. – www.accessinn.com, www.dataharmony.com, www.taxodiary.com

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes machine aided indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs. Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.

On the Cusp of DHUG

February 16, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, News, Taxonomy

This week will be the 11th Annual Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) meeting here in Albuquerque. It’s by far the biggest week of the year for Access Innovations as our clients come from all over the nation to meet and learn from the people who built the software and use it on a daily basis.

This is a “all hands on deck” meeting. Access Innovations staff will be present to answer questions, provide demonstrations, and give customer support for whatever your needs may be, all week long.

“Each year, this meeting provides our members an opportunity to share ideas and address issues and methodologies with colleagues,” said Access Innovations President Marjorie M.K. Hlava. “We enjoy talking with our clients and finding out what items are on their wish lists for future software developments, and the new releases reflect those requests.”

Attendees will learn how, why, and when taxonomies are used; how to start and maintain a taxonomy; and what resources are available for taxonomy development.

There will be daily reporting here on TaxoDiary, highlighting various presentations and speakers for those who can’t take notes fast enough or weren’t able to attend. One topic that is always a thread throughout presentations is subject matter experts (SMEs). These knowledgeable people are often used in the preparation of thesauri and taxonomies by providing key information and perspective.

If you have never attended DHUG before, take a moment to read Daryl Loomis’ article about what he is expecting as a first-timer.

See you there!

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.

A Newbie’s Guide to DHUG, Part 2

February 9, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured

It’s hard to believe that the Data Harmony Users Group Meeting starts a week from today. If I thought things were buzzing in the office a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t know what was in store for me. And since there’s so much to do, it’s definitely at the front of my mind.

The last time I wrote about DHUG 2015, I decided to focus on a few of the featured talks that really stuck out to me as particularly suited to my interests. However, the week is filled with promising and intriguing presentations, from both our clients and on the home front.

It starts from the very top with our own Margie Hlava, who kicks off DHUG 2015 with “Taxonomy 101: Fundamentals, Construction, and Application,” where she’s going to start at the beginning and walk the attendees through the whole reasoning behind taxonomies and how they can effectively be used. As a taxonomist who’s still fairly wet behind the ears, this is the kind of thing that can make a big difference for somebody like me.

With my knowledge base hopefully somewhat more beefed up, I’ll be able to hit the rest of the week running. Last time, I wrote about Helen Atkins from the Public Library of Science (PLOS), who will discuss their Fate Predictor Project. Well, we have another speaker from PLOS, as well: Jonas Dupuich. His case study, “Using MAI and the PLOS Thesaurus for Matching Activities,” will look at how they have leveraged Data Harmony’s semantic enrichment capabilities to match authors with peer reviewers based on subject matter. This speeds up the peer review process, but it also has clear relevance outside of that process.

An employer, using Data Harmony in this manner, could collect information on the skill sets of their employees (hopefully, only for good). Suddenly a strange new project comes up and the employer has to assemble teams of people with very specific skills. No more, “Hey, anybody know somebody who knows how to write technical documentation while playing water polo?” That information is right there to sift through. It not only makes searching for people faster and easier, it allows connections to be made that might otherwise get missed.

Next, we’re getting to the heart of what we do at Access Innovation with Audrey Glowacki of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Her talk, “Development and Implementation of the Site Browser: Faceted Navigation Tool for Browsing NIOSH Mining Web Site Content,” gets to the nuts and bolts of what we do. NIOSH has been a Data Harmony user for a long time. We first built a custom mining safety and health thesaurus. Next, a custom web content management system (WCMS) was developed that allows users to build custom web pages. Their feedback has been very positive, and I look forward to hearing more about how they are using the software that I myself use.

Finally, we recently got a surprise guest speaker who looks to be giving a pretty interesting talk. He’s Paul G. Kotula, an award-winning author, researcher, and peer reviewer who works in the Materials Characterization department at Sandia National Laboratories. A Google Scholar search for his name reveals over 1600 results as an author, co-author, and in citations. He knows his stuff and he knows how our clients use the content that our software enriches.

His talk, “Six Months of Work in the Lab Will Save You Half a Day in the Library or 30 Minutes Online,” will explain some of this, which should prove useful to the DHUG audience, as well as us here at Access Innovations. He’s addressing a few specific points about how people in his field use information. How do researchers use collections? What do authors of scientific papers think about the publishing and peer review processes? What sort of resources do they use and why do they think they are the best or most reliable?

Answers to these sorts of questions are the type of things that allow us to better serve our clients, or how to better relay the message of how much our software helps researchers, authors, and peer reviewers alike. It’s a real scientist talking about his real needs as a researcher and sharing his firsthand experience from the side of publishing that we often hear too little from: the authors.

With all of these talks, the training that I’m sure will teach me as much as anyone, and of course the catering, it’s going to be a week to remember. This week is going to fly by in anticipation, but I’m sure next week will go by even faster.

Daryl Loomis
Access Innovations

Groundhog Day: Names and Recursions

February 2, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured, Taxonomy

I’m sure you’re all just like me and waiting anxiously to hear the results from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, whence this very day we will find out from Punxsy Phil whether spring will come early this year or we have to wait six more weeks (pro tip: In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s always going to fall on March 20th or 21st).  As ridiculous as the holiday might seem to some of us, though, there are things about groundhogs and Groundhog Day that are pretty interesting.

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Photo, Aaron Silvers, http://www.flickr.com/photos/silvers/24543841/ / CC BY-SA 2.0

Firstly, nobody seems capable of agreeing on what the rodent is called. The holiday would suggest that groundhog is the accepted term, but growing up, I always knew them as woodchucks. And there’s the well-known tongue twister (“How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”), which lends credence to its status as the accepted term. But depending on where one resides, the critter is also known as land-beaver, land-squirrel, rock chuck, pasture pig, and my personal favorite: whistle-pig. Some also call it a marmot, but that’s really a broader classification of the genus to which the groundhog belongs (Latin name: Marmota monax). All groundhogs are marmots, but not all marmots are groundhogs, which is plain old Taxonomy 101.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Marmota
Species: M. monax

While there are plenty of names for the animal writ large, there are also more celebrity groundhogs than you may be aware; although Punxsy Phil is the most prominent, plenty of states have them. Georgia boasts General Beauregard Lee; Ohio, Buckeye Lee; North Carolina celebrates Groundhog Day with Sir Walter Wally; and Alabama holds Smith Lake Jake to be the true authority on winter’s end. Montana has three: Warren Whitefish, Dayton Dennis, and Moose City Moses. Wiarton, Ontario has a whole festival surrounding the albino groundhog Wiarton Willie, which even features a hockey tournament.

There’s even a song about it, “Oh, Murmeltier” (sung to the tune of “Oh, Tannenbaum”) for which professor and marmot scholar K.B. Armitage of the University of Kansas has written English lyrics:

“Oh Whistlepig, oh Whistlepig,

We celebrate your famous day.

Oh Whistlepig, to you we pray

That winter soon will go away.

We like the sun and daffodils.

We’ve had too much of winter’s chills.

Oh, marmot friend, we’re warning you,

If winter stays, you’ll be rockchuck stew!”

 

…which is just plain weird.

Then, we have “Groundhog Day,” one of the most enduring comedy films of recent decades. In it, a meteorologist named Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) travels to Punxsutawney to cover the Groundhog Day event. While there, he gets stuck in a recursive feedback loop, in which February 2nd is replayed over and over, while he tries to break the loop and move on to February 3rd (and get the heck out of Punxsutawney).

Bill Murray

All comedy hijinks aside, movies are ripe for classification. Genres, while easily arguable, are the broadest way by which we classify them. In the case of “Groundhog Day,” it’s a comedy, but we also have drama, horror, etc. Sometimes, such as in this case, the classification is fairly obvious, but some films rightly belong to multiple genres, such as horror-comedies, or dramedies (a term that I personally despise, but it’s out there in common use).

Then, for some movies, we sub-classify by the film’s content or style. Film noir, for instance, isn’t a genre of its own; they’re dramas, but they’re particular kinds of dramas with a specific tone and stylistic touch. If somebody wants to watch something of that nature, it’s much smarter to search for “film noir” than to try wading through the thousands of “dramas” that have been released in the century-plus of cinema—and would thereby be returned in an online search.

But we classify movies in ways other than genre, as well. The MPAA rating system is designed to tell consumers whether the movie is suitable for their age group or comfort level. Sometimes, we classify by their overarching plot, such as the biopic, the road movie, or the coming-of-age film, independent of genre. One can classify them by country of origin, or level of the movie’s budget, or really any way at all.

But let’s go back to “Groundhog Day” and the recursive feedback loop in which the main character gets stuck. It’s funny when it happens to Bill Murray, but it can be devastating to taxonomy. Say, for instance, you have a taxonomy with a top term of Business. A sensible narrower term under this could be Risk. That could be used for any number of kinds of risk, but in this case, the taxonomist adds a narrower term of Risk Management.  Under that, one could place Insurance, which easily falls under Risk Management. So far, everything looks just right

Business

Risk

Risk management

Then, somebody comes along to screw around with the taxonomy, and looks at Insurance without looking at the broader terms first. It’s easily arguable that under Insurance, if one wasn’t paying attention, could go Risk Management—of which of course a primary topic is Risk.

Insurance

Risk Management

Risk

When that happens, you get this:

Recursion

Recursions of this kind are the taxonomic equivalent of what happens in “Groundhog Day,” and it’s not good, or even funny. You’ll go on forever in this loop, getting nowhere and draining system resources at an increasing pace.

So today, we can all have a laugh at a movie, watch some hockey, and gather around to see a groundhog (or whatever you want to call it) leave its burrow, all because of Groundhog Day. But stay warm, because (spoiler alert) there is absolutely six more weeks of winter to come.

Daryl Loomis
Access Innovations

Bob Kasenchak Named Head of Product Development at Access Innovations, Inc.

January 26, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured

Access Innovations, Inc. is pleased to announce an exciting change to its corporate structure, a change designed to increase revenue and maximize the considerable talent of its staff.

Bob Kasenchak has now shifted into the role of head of Product Development. He started at Access Innovations in 2011 and succeeded so thoroughly in shepherding projects from initial lead to completion, as well as building a presence in the marketplace, that the company decided to leverage his talents to help develop new product offerings (such as the forthcoming Ontology Master). He will also be helping deliver exciting new projects to the company. Margie Hlava, President of Access Innovations, stated, “Having worked in production for the last two years, Bob is uniquely suited to take on product development on the cutting edges of information, including ontology implementation, linked data, text mining, and text analytics, which build very effectively on thesauri and taxonomies we have so widely implemented as a firm.”

Bob remarks, “This is the best fit for my combination of skills, and I look forward to working on projects with clients and within the company. I am especially looking forward to projects that will make information more easily available and expose it to its full potential through linking, mining, and stronger search leveraging of the actual content for a better understanding of that content and to support management decisions with content-based facts.”

Bob started as a project manager at Access Innovations, providing oversight and support of editorial projects at the company. The projects that he led involved thesaurus creation and development, as well as the development of indexing rule bases that were associated with those thesauri. He handled a wide range of customer specifications and communications. Bob has led taxonomy development and other projects for JSTOR, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE), Engineering Research Education (ERE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

Bob attended St. John’s College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, completing his master’s degree in theoretical studies and doctoral work in music theory. He lists his interests as tea, music, design, philosophy, and literature. He is married with one cat.

About Access Innovations, Inc. – www.accessinn.com, www.dataharmony.com, www.taxodiary.com

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes machine aided indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs. Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.

A Newbie’s Guide to DHUG Meetings

January 19, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured

The biggest week of the year at Access Innovations is almost upon us. Every year, we present the Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) meeting, where our esteemed clients come from all over the nation to meet and learn from the people who built the software and use it on a daily basis. Right about now, there starts to be a lot of buzz around the office. There are a lot of people coming to Albuquerque for this, and everyone here is pretty excited to swap ideas with them, because they’ve come up with some interesting uses of our software, things that have made us better in the process.

Now, I haven’t been in the taxonomy game as long as most of the people here, so like its attendees, DHUG meetings are brand new to me. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but there some things that I’m definitely looking forward to seeing. The workshops that we’re conducting for the attendees will certainly be interesting and informative for a newbie like me, but the people I’m most anticipating are our guest speakers. These are people with different perspectives who are removed from the office echo chamber, which helps breathe fresh life into taxonomies.

This year, we have great guests who are gracious enough with their time to discuss their experiences with Data Harmony software and how they use it within their organizations. Its applications are broad, and each case study is unique, so what sorts of things am I going to hear about?

Kicking off these case studies are Sharon Garewal and Ron Snyder from JSTOR, one of the largest and most respected shared digital libraries in the world.  We’ve done a lot of work with them and, this year, they’re launching the JSTOR Sustainability Collection and discussing it at DHUG 2015.

This interdisciplinary collection is composed of journals, reports, and working papers from the realms of academic publishing, scholarly societies, industry groups, research institutes, and universities to look at how the environment, human activities, and industry can be made sustainable in the long term.  This has become an increasingly important issue, and they will discuss how the JSTOR Thesaurus, which was built using Data Harmony, makes crossing through the many fields of study a fairly straightforward affair.

One of the really interesting things about taxonomies and modern data analytics is how indexing can be leveraged to see information that would have taken a mountain of time and effort to figure out before. That’s precisely what Helen Atkins of the Public Library of Science (PLOS) will discuss with attendees in her talk, “The Fate Predictor Project.”

PLOS ONE, their international, open-access, online journal, has semantically enriched their content recently. Using the metadata that got extracted, they were able to see statistics about acceptance and rejection of papers. Using this data, along with data about country of origin, author, number of authors, etc., they are able to predict with accuracy whether a currently submitted paper will get accepted or rejected. That doesn’t take away the need for peer review, but knowing what kinds of things flag often for rejection will be able to save the PLOS editors huge amounts of time.

This is just one example of how sophisticated data usage can open eyes to otherwise unseen patterns. Marketing companies use it to see buyer patterns, leading to all those advertisements directed to individuals. This is how the Internet of Things will work, so that your refrigerator knows what resides inside and for how long, and can recommend recipes, keep your shopping list, and tell you when your milk has gone sour. Maybe its biggest current application is in security, where it’s being used in myriad overt and covert ways. This is right in line with the kind of semantic enrichment that Access Innovations does.

The talk that I’m most interested in will come from Kevin Ford of MarkLogic. His presentation, “Implementation of Taxonomy Triples from Data Harmony Exports,” will explore how companies can convey more accurate information, make data-driven decisions, and reduce risk by taking content from documents and data and combining them with RDF triples into a single architecture. By enabling search across different kinds of information from many sources, this kind of architecture can help users glean greater insights, and will help customer bases quickly and accurately mine knowledge from the data.

Ontologies are taking an increasingly prominent place in the world of semantics, and many believe that their use will take a big step toward genuine artificial intelligence. How far off that might be is certainly up in the air, but it’s presentations like this one that will start to reveal how it might work, if not when it might work.

These aren’t the only presentations at DHUG 2015. There will be more case studies from our users, as well as panels by the highly knowledgeable staff from Access Innovations. Those, in conjunction with meeting new people over great food and conversation, are going to make February 16-20 a pretty great week.

Daryl Loomis
Access Innovations

A Celebration of Roget’s Taxonomy

January 12, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured

Later this week is January 18th, which for taxonomists is notable for two things: 1) it’s Thesaurus Day; and 2) it’s the birthday of Peter Mark Roget. This double occurrence is no coincidence. We may consider Doctor Roget to be the inventor of the thesaurus (or at least one of its pioneers), and a person whose birthday is cause for taxonomists’ celebration.

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Yes, this is the man who compiled the first “Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.” He started writing it in 1805 but didn’t have it published until much later, in 1852. The full title of the first edition was Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas.

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Did you catch the “Classified” part of the title? And the “Arranged”?

Most people think of Roget’s thesaurus as a simple list of words and their synonyms. This is understandable, as some of the more recent synonymies that include “thesaurus” in their titles really are just strictly alphabetical lists of words, annotated with some synonyms. Taxonomists sometimes consider Roget’s synonym resource to be much different than modern taxonomic thesauri. After all, hasn’t it always lacked any sort of classification scheme?

No, no, no.

As much of a habitual list maker as Roget was (since he was eight years old, in fact), he recognized that the full potential of a lengthy vocabulary could not be achieved unless there was some sort of categorization or classification of the list entries. Classification was an intrinsic part of Roget’s compilation of synonyms throughout its long development.

As he explained in the preface to the first edition of the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: 

“It is now nearly fifty years since I first projected a system of verbal classification similar to that on which the present work is founded. Conceiving that such a compilation might help to supply my own deficiencies [as a writer], I had, in the year 1805, completed a classed catalogue of words on a small scale, but on the same principle, and nearly in the same form, as the Thesaurus now published. I had often during that long interval found this little collection, scanty and imperfect though it was, of much use to me in literary composition, and often contemplated its extension and improvement; but a sense of the magnitude of the task, amidst a multiple of other avocations, deterred me from the attempt. Since my retirement from the duties of Secretary to the Royal Society, however, finding myself possessed of more leisure, and believing that a repertory of which I had myself experienced the advantage might, when amplified, prove useful to others, I resolved to embark in an undertaking which, for the last three or four years, has given me incessant occupation .” (“Roget’s Thesaurus: The Original Manuscript”)

Part of Roget’s classification efforts involved choosing a single term to represent each concept, rather than repeating each synonym in some other part of the list. This is akin to modern taxonomic thesauri, in which each concept is represented by only one term, and alternative ways of expressing that concept are indicated in the term record as non-preferred terms. Roget’s approach was oriented toward findability of a concept through the choice of words that users were most likely to associate with particular concepts.

Beyond that, though, the overall structure of the thesaurus was hierarchical. The table of contents of Project Gutenberg’s presentation of Roget’s thesaurus shows the organization of the book into six main classes, with numerous subdivisions. Wikipedia provides an “Outline of Roget’s Thesaurus” that shows the hierarchical depth to seven levels; this resource also includes links from many of the categories to relevant Wikipedia articles, as does the related Wiktionary resource “Appendix: Roget’s thesaurus classification”.

Roget crafted the thesaurus categories and subdivisions according to principles set out by some eminent philosophers, as explained in the Wikipedia article on “Roget’s Thesaurus”:

“Each class is composed of multiple divisions and then sections. This may be conceptualized as a tree containing over a thousand branches for individual “meaning clusters” or semantically linked words. These words are not exactly synonyms, but can be viewed as colours or connotations of a meaning or as a spectrum of a concept. One of the most general words is chosen to typify the spectrum as its headword, which labels the whole group.

“Roget’s schema of classes and their subdivisions is based on the philosophical work of Leibniz (see Leibniz—Symbolic thought), itself following a long tradition of epistemological work starting with Aristotle. Some of Aristotle’s Categories are included in Roget’s first class “abstract relations”.”

So was Roget an inventor? An originator? A pioneer? Consider these eclectic accomplishments:

  • He invented the log-log slide rule, which greatly simplified the exponential and root calculations.
  • He designed a pocket chessboard and invented several chess problems.
  • He made insightful observations about the perception of motion, thus contributing to the development of mechanical animation devices and, more importantly, to the early development of cinema.
  • He helped found the wonderfully named Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
  • He was a co-founder of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, the forerunner of the Royal Society of Medicine.
  • He was the first Fullerian Professor of Physiology at the Royal Institution.
  • He helped establish the University of London.
  • He compiled Roget’s Thesaurus, which writers still use to perfect their prose.
  • He developed a classification approach that set an example for modern taxonomists and thesaurians.

Yes, I think we can conclude that Peter Mark Roget was an inventor, an originator, and a pioneer. And a thesaurian, of course. And yes, a taxonomist.

All good reason to celebrate his birthday on Thesaurus Day!

Barbara Gilles, Taxonomist
Access Innovations, Inc.

Marjorie M.K. Hlava’s Taxobook Published by Morgan Claypool

January 5, 2015  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured, Taxonomy

Access Innovations, Inc. is proud to announce the publication of The Taxobook, a three-volume series on taxonomies and thesauri, written by Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations. The three volumes are part of a larger series, Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services, edited by Gary Marchionini, Dean of the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

Volume 1, The Taxobook: History, Theories, and Concepts of Knowledge Organization, introduces the foundations of classification, covering theories from the ancient Greek philosophers to modern thinkers. This volume also includes a glossary that covers all three volumes.

Volume 2, The Taxobook: Principles and Practices of Taxonomy Construction, outlines the basic principles of creation and maintenance of taxonomies and thesauri. It also provides step-by-step instructions for building a taxonomy or thesaurus and discusses the various ways to get started on a taxonomy construction project.

Volume 3, The Taxobook: Applications, Implementation, and Integration in Search, covers putting taxonomies into use in as many ways as possible to maximize retrieval for users.

“This book has been a labor of love for me,” said Ms. Hlava. “I believe firmly in the value of taxonomies and their place within information systems, and I have wanted to share my thoughts with a larger audience for some time. I hope these books will contribute to a better understanding of the different ways taxonomies can be implemented and why information management professionals should embrace them.”

“Margie Hlava’s lectures on taxonomy pack a lifetime of experience creating vocabularies for corporations and organizations into narrative and case studies that will delight researchers and teachers and inspire students,” remarked Gary Marchionini. “Her love of language and organizational structure comes through in every chapter of the work.”

“It is our pleasure to have Margie Hlava as a Morgan & Claypool author!” commented Diane Cerra of Morgan & Claypool. “She and her Access Innovations team have made a much needed contribution to our publishing program, and to the community at large. These volumes will serve practitioners for many years to come. In addition, Margie and her group are a joy to work with: a personable, responsible, and responsive team that enabled us to quickly produce this collection.”

The books are available through Morgan & Claypool Publishers in either online or print format.

 

About Access Innovations, Inc. – www.accessinn.com, www.dataharmony.com, www.taxodiary.com

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs. Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.

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