Bringing Order to Browsing

September 2, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

When I discovered this, I admit, I was excited and overwhelmed simultaneously. I love books. I love reading. My stack of “plan to reads” are quickly becoming taller than myself. But I confess, sometimes I get overwhelmed in a book store and then browsing online…oy!

Scribd is offering a different approach for browsing books online, and I can’t wait to try it out. They have combined the personal side of book recommendations with the power of technology. Combine that with over 1,800 categories meticulously indexed and, well, the possibilities are endless measured with a little order to keep the rest of us calm.

Any records management system requires a system of indexing to create findability. This online browsing site is records management. We know that indexing against a strong, standards-based taxonomy can ensure comprehensive search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

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

Using Metadata for Solving Puzzles

August 28, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

CyanLine has released a computer forensic imaging system, the Fast Disk Acquisition System (FDAS), that can provide additional evidence not detected with other technologies. This evidence is vital metadata that reveals how many times a computer device was turned on, and the number of hours that it has been in use. This kind of data can help to determine the outcome of a case. Digital Journal brought this news to our attention in their article, “New forensic imaging system exposes bonus data not found with existing technologies that can make or break a case.”

During this time, when metadata is starting to get a bad rap, it is nice to see a technological development that can be used to confirm existing evidence and support the work of forensic imaging. As we move into more business intelligence integration, remember that standards are what drives consistency. 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 indexing and making content findable.

Establishing Best Practices

August 28, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

EBSCO Information Services fully supports the final recommendations of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) working group for best practices for discovery services. In the ODI, several objectives are identified as follows: metadata sharing, fair or unbiased linking from discovery services to publisher content, and the provision of usage statistics. IT Business Net brought this news to us in their article, “EBSCO Announces Support for Open Discovery Initiative Recommendations.”

EBSCO’s support of the ODI recommendations is significant as they have been a long-time supporter of NISO, of consensus standards development, and standards implementation.

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.

Metadata Has Limitless Potential

August 28, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Concept Searching released an article, “Don’t Enhance SharePoint – Transform it through Metadata,” in KMWorld recently. In the article, they point out that metadata is the source of business challenges impacting search, records management, security, and text analytics, among others. PRWeb brought this news to us in their article, “Transforming SharePoint through Metadata Article Published.”

Organizations are looking to solve business problems, and the core of some of these problems is poor, insufficient, or improperly implemented metadata. Analytics could be of great use here, but with everything else going on, that landscape looks hopelessly complicated and intimidatingly expensive.

If you can eliminate the complexity of a solutions-based approach, users 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 taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.

Protecting the Assets

August 27, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Evolphin Software has launched the next generation of its enterprise-class software solution, Zoom 5.0, which was built from the ground up on Evolphin’s patent-pending RevDB (NoSQL) database architecture – optimized to handle massive structured and unstructured digital content. This interesting news came to us from IT News Online in their article, “Evolphin Software Releases New Zoom 5.0 Digital Asset Management Solution.”

According to Evolphin, Zoom 5.0 goes beyond the limitations of traditional digital asset management solutions (DAMs) with respect to handling rich content like video and broadcast media assets. The end goal is to help users improve creativity, collaboration, communications, and overall workflow.

Improved workflow and a streamlined process can result in an immediate return on investment. Benefits extended beyond cost savings to include stronger integration between departments.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.

Big Data as a Tool for Historians

August 26, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Big data has accumulated quite the reputation. Many possibly exaggerated claims have been made about its potential. Nothing short of saving lives and the universe, of course. But can it rewrite history? This interesting topic was found on BBC News in their article, “Can computers replace historians?”

Probably not, but it is certainly working on the future and where the world is heading next. Using a tool called Google Big Query, designed for interrogating vast collections of data, scientists and historians can sift through a database of events stretching back to 1979. The project known as GDELT has collected media reports of events from innumerable sources in more than 100 languages for 35 years.

“What we did here,” Kaleev Leetaru, data scientist at Washington’s Georgetown University, explains, “was use this tool to shove in a quarter of a billion records and use this massive piece of software to just in a few minutes sift out the patterns in this data.” He found complex patterns of events repeating themselves over the years. Leetaru says that historians should see this tool as just another technique amongst many, rather than a threat to their professional expertise.

Melody K. Smith

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

Auto-classification Tools for Polyhierarchical Taxonomies

August 26, 2014  
Posted in Autoindexing, metadata, News, Standards, Taxonomy

How effective are auto-classification tools for subject-based, polyhierarchical taxonomies? That was the subject of a recent LinkedIn discussion. It is important to remember that when using and creating custom taxonomies for subject classification, the results are well received. However, polyhierarchy can enable better and more accurate term coverage, as long as ambiguity is avoided. As a matter of fact, polyhierarchy is highly desirable for dealing with multidisciplinary subjects.

Good results are dependent on good rule building. Good rules are not limited to noun identification, nor are they constrained by hierarchical position, especially when they take full advantage of truncation and character string proximity conditions. At Access Innovations, we have never had any problems with polyhierarchy and getting proper postings from the automatic system. We do follow the standards, which specify tagging at the most specific level. When there are multiple broader terms and a full path or breadcrumb trail is needed for the content management system (CMS), we include all the paths to the terms as separate listings, rather than a single list. This provides better retrieval for the user and more relevant results.

It is unfortunate that some CMS system designers and users still think that finding web pages is like filing physical books in a library, rather than seeing the opportunity for multiple avenues of access to a digital object as allowed by a computer.

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

Using Data to the Maximum

August 26, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

A new partnership of the French IT services group Bull and search and analytics company Sinequa is positioned to provide an appliance based on Bull’s Bullion X86 server and Sinequa’s real-time Big Data search and analysis software platform. This interesting information came from telecompaper in their article, “Bull, Sinequa to offer real-time Big Data appliance.”

Together, these firms predict that they will be able to offer a secure, integrated appliance capable of handling 100 billion records and processing 10 million indexed records a second. In addition, the appliance can be fully integrated with the client’s access security policies.

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.

Melody K. Smith

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

Improving Upon Records Management

August 22, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

AMCAD has started working on a document management project with Arizona’s Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court. The plan is to scan and index approximately five million images in six months’ time. This monumental task is part of a larger long-term records management strategy for the Clerk of the Superior Court. Upon completion, they will eliminate thousands of square feet of files and shelving. The digitization project will enhance security and improve access by the court and public. This interesting information came from Broadway World in their article, “AMCAD Begins Work Under Critical Document Management Contract With Arizona’s  Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court.”

Considering the mammoth amount of data available, both digital and non-digital, the benefits to going digital go beyond access and findability. It is all about preserving data.

Melody K. Smith

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

Squeezing Your Storage Space

August 21, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, storage

If your data is growing like everyone else’s, you are having a space issues. Maybe it is time to look to the clouds for unlimited space and other benefits. This interesting thought was found on Cloud Tweaks in their article, “The New Wave On The Cloud: Object Based Storage.”

Storage technology has progressed to handle object based storage better than ever before. Object based storage is beneficial for large companies, but this innovative technology is now being made available to small to mid-size companies trying to cope with growing data needs.

When it comes to storage, access to data is important. It can be achieved by creating strong taxonomies. 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.

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