The Value of Information Professionals

September 11, 2014  
Posted in Business strategy, metadata, News

Information professionals are often the last people brought onto projects involving digital asset management teams and other project teams, where it would seem obvious to everyone that they are needed. They bring a perspective that connects everyone’s interest and investment in the final outcome. They can remove themselves from the territory problems and turf wars by asking the important and simple questions, like “What are you trying to do?” CMS Wire brought this news to our attention in their article, “Library Science, Not Library Silence.”

This article lifts up the “Top 5 DAM Benefits of an Information Professional.”

  • Taxonomy construction — Where does one start? What has worked for others? Which categorization methods lead to corners? Which are most scalable?
  • Metadata perspective — What are some best practices in use of structured metadata, including menus, controlled vocabularies, etc. When are free-form text fields better?
  • Policy authoring — What does DAM policy look like? What happens without it? How does one monitor and measure it?
  • User education — Until DAMs get to the point where they are more advanced and intuitive, some training will be involved. Good training curriculum flows as an extension of user experience design: What the UI can’t make obvious, the training covers. But who’s going to do that training or write those how-to guides?
  • Vendor advisories — Do vendors really know how controlled vocabularies should be used? Vendors listen to users, but users aren’t always experts. Don’t leave industry analysis to industry analysts. Write up some teaser reviews and send them to product managers. Show us vendors what we’re missing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Partnering Only with the Best

September 10, 2014  
Posted in Autoindexing, Business strategy, News

Infolinx System Solutions is integrating Kofax Capture into their enterprise class Infolinx WEB application. This latest integration extends solution functionality by automating and accelerating business processes. The integration will available as an add-on to all Infolinx WEB editions. This interesting information came from PRWeb in their article, “Infolinx® and Kofax® Partner to Enhance Enterprise Records Management Solution.”

“We are thrilled to partner with a best-in-class provider like Kofax,” said Tim Butler, Infolinx Managing Director. “The integration of our technologies will provide our clients with yet one more tool for managing their ever growing repositories of information.”

Automated operations can reduce and even eliminate manual tasks and processes, and save money. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content findable. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies with integrated indexing rule bases to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Looking at All Angles

June 6, 2014  
Posted in Business strategy, News

It is important to plan your business from every perspective – employees, customers, market, etc. Information architecture is the next step to organizing information based on that analysis. Information must come together in a meaningful fashion, or there will be redundancy and waste. Information is your asset; protect it. Search Data Management brought this advice to our attention in their article, ‘Creating an information management strategy for high ROI, low TCO.”

Semantic technology provides a unique perspective to your information. Once applied to information management, this new technology can help organizations reconcile and normalize meaning across different sources of data and content. Combined with advanced analytics, data mining is accelerated to a point that could change the way organizations compete.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Information Architect Position Available

June 2, 2014  
Posted in Business strategy, News

We are always excited to share news with our readers about career opportunities in the world of taxonomy, metadata, and semantic technology. Even if you aren’t in the market for a career move, it is good to stay on top of what is available and how the fields are changing.

One particular position is located in Edinburgh and yes, that is across the pond from where most of our readers are. This particular banking organization is looking for an information architect. They are currently expanding their information architecture team and are looking to recruit a senior information architect to provide information strategy and architecture for the domain which meets business and enterprise needs, and to deliver design blueprints/artifacts that enable that architecture to be built and operated, as well as appropriately validated roadmaps.

To learn more about this possibly life-changing position (at the very least, location changing), click here. If you are searching for a new position in your career, best of luck in your endeavors.

Melody K. Smith

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

Monetizing Knowledge

The fields of information science and economics have been expanding and overlapping for some time now. With the ever-increasing recognition of the value of knowledge organization systems (KOS), especially in the context of improved technologies and practices for them, it is time to look at them from the perspective of economics. This information came from a feature in ASIS&T’s April/May 2014 Bulletin by our own Marjorie Hlava titled, “Introduction: Economics of Knowledge Organization Systems.”

Indicative of this change are entirely new ways in which individuals and information systems generate, provide access to, and link information. In line with this change is a growing need to better integrate and leverage knowledge organization systems (KOSs). How does one measure the true value of successful information organization, navigation, and retrieval?

Melody K. Smith

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

Knowledge Organization Systems and Return on Investment (KOSs and ROI)

Let’s call him George. George was having a very bad day. He needed legal advice. So, over his lunch hour he scheduled an appointment. After George described his situation, the lawyer pulled a book from the shelf behind him. After briefly scanning it and checking precedent, he confidently told George with a smile, “Relax. This is a slam dunk.” On his way out of the office, George gazed at the consultation invoice and muttered to himself: “15 minutes! Only 15 minutes and he charged me $325.00!”

On his way back to the office, George’s car starting making some serious grinding noises whenever he turned to the right. He pulled into the local Fix-It-All Garage and described the noise to the technician. After turning over the keys, George looked through the large glass window as the mechanic pulled here and tugged there at his car up on the lift. After only a few keystrokes at his computer station, the technician began installing over the next ten minutes what looked to George like a $10.00 part. In the blink of an eye, George was standing at the counter with another invoice. He called his wife to grumble: “He pulled and tugged in two different spots and then charged me $325.00. I’m in the wrong line of work!”

Certain that his ulcer was acting up, George stopped at the clinic on his way home that day. The doctor, who agreed to fit him in right away, asked a few short questions, consulted his desk reference guide,  and started writing a prescription. Moments later, speechless George could only grimace as he faced yet another hefty bill. Poor George.

Besides a considerable amount of cash, what was George missing? Someone might say that George knew the cost of everything, but the value of nothing. Because George was able to successfully confront and overcome several perplexing and complex problems, someone else might say, “What a great quality of life George has!” It all looked so deceptively easy. However, to focus only on the “interface” is to fail to consider the years of training and experience behind each professional who knew just what questions to ask, just where to look and pull and tug, and just which resource to consult.

How does one measure the true value of successful information organization, navigation, and retrieval? Access Innovations Inc. offers superior customer service, ease of product use, and support, combined with years of experience in order to provide outstanding quality. Speak with the CEO of Access Innovations, Inc., Jay Van Eman, about the qualitative and quantitative criteria used to assess successful KOSs and the proper rationale for measuring ROI in your setting. Are you getting real value for the cost?

Check out these additional resources:

Why Knowledge Management Is Important To The Success Of Your Company

The Use of Return on Investment (ROI) in the Performance Measurement and Evaluation of Information Systems

ROI & Impact: Quantitative & Qualitative Measures for Taxonomies

Eric Ziecker, Information Consultant
Access Innovations, Inc.

Internal Strategy

March 27, 2014  
Posted in Business strategy, News, search

Organizational intranets are a major part of internal communications around the world. The responsibility for posting is housed in various locations, e.g., communications, information technology, human resources, and even the executive offices. There seems to be no standardization in technology or content management. What many do not realize is that internal communication is far more than controlling the rumor mill or sharing the latest human resources policy. It is about strategy.

Some organizations, such as The University of Pretoria, have undertaken an information strategy approach to managing content within the organization. This interesting topic was covered in Web Project Management’s article, “Corporate intranets – an information strategy approach: a case study at the University of Pretoria.”

The main objectives of the information strategy are to make information more accessible to all staff and students, provide security for sensitive information, and reduce the cost (both in dollars and staff hours) of managing the information, as well as to improve the quality.

Melody K. Smith

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

Information Architecture Position Available in Southeast Asia

As usual, we are always excited to share with our readers career opportunities in the world of taxonomy, metadata and semantic technology.

A newly created position in southeast Asia for a manager of information architecture has been announced by a Fortune 100 corporation. This business has a diversified working culture and large presence in its regional headquarters in Singapore.

The successful applicant would be responsible for developing and maintaining an effective strategy for the information domain that would include security, business intelligence, information management, and data architecture.

The role would require you to actively engage various business units to monitor the quality of the solution design through delivery projects while leading a team to promote standardization of core and repeatable technologies. You can learn more and apply here.

If you are searching for a new position in your chosen career or maybe a new one, best of luck in your endeavors.

Melody K. Smith

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

10th Annual Semantic Technology & Business Conference

The Semantic Technology & Business Conference celebrates its 10th year, and the predictions indicate that it will be better than ever. It is also becoming increasingly relevant to the modern business world. Semantic technologies are being used to generate revenue, save money, and solve real problems. The Semantic Technology & Business Conference brings together today’s industry leaders and practitioners to explore the challenges and opportunities jointly impacting both corporate business leaders and technologists.

This year’s event will be held in San Jose, CA on August 19-21, 2014 and will feature innovative panels, case studies, tutorials, roundtables, keynotes, and lightning sessions to explore how businesses and companies utilize semantic solutions. To honor the decade long event, they are also holding the second Hackathon.

For more information about sponsoring or speaking, click here. Registration will be live soon.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Access Innovations Named in KMWorld’s Annual “100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management”

February 24, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, Business strategy, Featured

Access Innovations, Inc., a leader in digital data organization, announces its inclusion on KMWorld’s annual list of the “Top 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management.”

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Access Innovations, Inc. is featured for its third year, after debuting on the list in 2005. Other notable companies given a spot on the 2014 top 100 list include Adobe, Google, IBM, and Microsoft.

“Criteria for inclusion vary, but all companies have things in common. Access Innovations, Inc. has proven to define the spirit of practical innovation by blending sparkling technology with a deep, fundamental commitment to customer success,” says Hugh McKellar, KMWorld editor-in-Chief.

Marjorie M. K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations, says she is honored by her company’s accolade. “Access Innovations prides itself on pushing the edges of technology to meet the needs of the next generation of knowledge management,” she says. “It’s challenging and rewarding to be at the cutting edge of knowledge management, and it’s delightful to be recognized as a leader in the field, making content findable for our customers and their users,”

The Top 100 Companies That Matter list is compiled annually by editorial colleagues, analysts, theorists and practitioners. Unlike many other trade lists, inclusion is not purchased and is at the sole discretion of KMWorld’s editors.

For a full list of the Top 100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management, pick up the March issue of KMWorld, which is available on newsstands now, or click here to view the online article.

About Access Innovations, Inc.

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.

About KMWorld

The leading information provider serving the knowledge, document, and content management systems market, KMWorld informs more than 45,000 subscribers about the components and processes—and subsequent success stories—that together offer solutions for improving business performance. KMWorld is a publishing unit of Information Today, Inc.

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