Progression of Data

April 24, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The increasing digitization of information, combined with multiple vehicles that bring them to you and take information from you, can be overwhelming. Datamation brought this thought to us in their article, “Big Data: 9 Steps to Extract Insight from Unstructured Data.”

The pace of digital information is growing every day. According to industry researcher Gartner, about 80% of data held by an organization is unstructured data, consisting largely of information gathered from customer calls, emails, and social media feeds.

This growth of data, along with the added pressure to make records management user-friendly, leaves many organizations looking for outside help and alternatives.

One way to ensure findability, even with big data issues, is through a taxonomy. A standards-based taxonomy can help you provides clear order to your data, which enables comprehensive search results. Standards are key to a solid taxonomy and comprehensive indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Step On Up

April 21, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

Wearable data devices are advancing more and more effectively with each passing day. Newer devices no longer just count steps (accurately, I might add), they monitor heart rates and sleep efficiency, and can nag you about your diet, if you so choose. Some devices are even adding other capabilities, like the ability to send tweets, read messages, and make purchases. DATAVERSITY brought this news to our attention in their article, “Big Data Insights from Wearable Tech.”

The data collected by these wearable devices reveals a lot of information about the users, and, as you can imagine, companies want their hands on that information. The possibilities are endless in the user-specific marketing world, once data has been acquired on personal fitness trends and ways people like to exercise.

Data is key to making these connections. Managing that data in a way it is useable and findable is important.

Melody K. Smith

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

New Demands on Metadata

April 20, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is hosting a Metadata Summit next month in New York City.

The Summit is scheduled for May 8, 2015 and the agenda includes a review of the business case for the key elements of metadata, the inevitable friction points that accompany change, BISG’s collaborative solutions, and how the industry can best prepare for tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.

Accurate and robust metadata boosts findability and efficiency. This is especially true when all parties are using standard formats and data elements. Technological changes are happening at the speed of light, enabling rich new forms of content that can be distributed in new ways to reach more people. At the same time, these changes are placing new demands on book metadata management and its transmission.

This Summit would be helpful for metadata managers and anyone responsible for maintaining, managing, disseminating, or receiving product metadata. Register here.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Intelligence of Data

April 17, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, semantic

The growth of data has taken many by surprise and has impacted how we manage and govern data. New trends like mobile computing, cloud storage, and social media, to name a few. DATAVERSITY brought this news to us in their article, “Smart Data Governance.”

According to TopQuadrant co-founder, CMO and VP of Professional Services Robert Coyne, “We need to get an understanding of things and maintain that understanding of things. And not just between human beings, but between human beings and the systems in which we all use and interact with.”

This is where smart data comes in. Standards based semantics is central to providing understanding between the machines that actually generate data and those that manage it.

Melody K. Smith

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

Metadata Management

April 17, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

A recent survey conducted by SOA Software indicates that a large percentage of biopharma companies are seeking metadata management technology solutions. Currently, only 10% of them actually have a technology solution in place. Sys-Con Media brought this news to our attention in their article, “Metadata Management is on the Rise in BioPharma.”

Many organizations are realizing that by automating the implementation of standards through effective metadata management, they can become more agile while reducing costs. It is important to choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies, and one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Process of Change

April 16, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

If someone says they like change, they are lying. I realize that is harsh, but the change they’re thinking of is perhaps a vacation, new car, or new love. Most change is not a choice and therefore rarely enjoyed. The end result may be better; the process of getting there can be painful.

However, change is certainly inevitable, and technology is not an exception. In all actuality, it is the leader. As it evolves, with it come new challenges. Information architecture sees its own changing landscape with new content types, expanding/collapsing the taxonomy and modifying the metadata, as well as relationships between content types and associated business rules. How do you manage that kind of change? This interesting topic was found on KM Institute in their article, “Governing the Information Architecture – Model, Taxonomy, Metadata.”

It is important to promote the consistency of the information used across the platforms. By managing enterprise content, its metadata, and associated taxonomy, users will find the content they are looking for when and how they need it.

Proper indexing against a strong standards-based taxonomy increases the findability of data. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

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

Enhancing the Results

April 15, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search

Content Analyst has released Cerebrant, a SaaS-based discovery platform. Cerebrant enables users to quickly and effectively find the most relevant internal and external content. KMWorld brought this news to us in their article, “New SaaS discovery platform from Content Analyst.”

Cerebrant is designed to enable users to identify and select disparate collections of public and premium unstructured content such as scientific research papers, industry reports, syndicated research, news, Wikipedia, and other internal and external repositories.

Improving search results is always important, and organizations are evaluating technologies based on their ability to deliver. With any database project, it is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Finding Data in No-Standards Indexing

April 13, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Standards, Taxonomy

For the average reader, details like hyphens may seem irrelevant to the content and overall message. But those in the taxonomy field understand all too well how important details can be in classifying data and retrieving it easily. Making content findable is the name of the game. This interesting information came from jboyd.net the post, “Aves—A Taxonomy in Flux.”

The author talks about stylistic considerations, which in some circles is like talking about politics. No one will ever agree on one method. For example, gray vs. grey or hyphens to break up words for scanning efficiency. We just have to accept the fact that they will not always look the same, but they will be pronounced the same.

The International Ornithological Congress (IOC) maintains the IOC World Bird List and they are a good example of having accommodations for the English names of birds. This approach extends beyond the world of birds.

Melody K. Smith

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

More Open Access Journals

April 10, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

The Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS) has an overall focus on the care and exhibition of collection items. The scope thus includes conservation science, artefact studies, restoration, museum studies, environment studies, collection management, and curation. This interesting information came from The Ancient World Online in their blog post, “Open Access Monograph Series: Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies Special Collections.” Those responsible for cataloging information, especially in museums, might find this of interest as well.

Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the subject area. It is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy and its role in the search process. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Access Innovations has extensive experience in constructing taxonomies for academic publishers, and can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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

Is Data Value Based on Size?

April 10, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Does the size of data really make a difference? Some definitions of small data involve the specific end-user relevance of big data applications. Some consider it the opposite of big data, i.e., transactional data. All data is valuable and contains the same potential for analytics. This interesting perspective came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Starting Small with Big Data.”

For some enterprises, data analytics can be intimidating, but it is a refined discipline that delivers tangible insights. Natural language processing can help. Business users can ask the right questions and get results in terms familiar to their business, terms that can be read and understood or interacted with. By eliminating the complexity of a solutions-based approach, customers have greater findability and better results. It is so very important to choose a product that makes your content findable – easily and thoroughly. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies and associated rule bases for machine-assisted indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

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