Gathering Big Research Data

October 24, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, search

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) program is planned to consolidate a massive amount of scattered biomedical research data. It was recently announced that the program will include the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, which received a $9.2 million grant. The Times of San Diego brought this news to our attention in their articl.e, “Money Flows to UCSD for ‘Big Data’ Bio-Med Search Engine.”

The NIH announced that a dozen centers for data would be created around the United States. In addition to that exciting news, the Scripps Research Institute and the Scripps Translational Science Institute said they would take part in a center to be established at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

A UCSD-led team plans to develop a strategy for cataloging and indexing biomedical datasets. Dataset indexing is considered a vital step toward being able to build a searchable online digital library.

Melody K. Smith

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

A Different Approach for Some

October 24, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search, Taxonomy

Perspective is key, as we hear time and time again. How one person or group of people look at a situation is likely very different from those on the other side of the coin. This is true with taxonomies as well. Who builds them and the perspective they bring to the project is key to its success or failure. The Financial Times brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Where new ideas take root.”

What if the classification system of your products was determined not by the organizational structure of your organization but by the consumer’s perspective? An interesting scenario that could be played out in most situations. Often, the classification system tends to become so deeply ingrained that on a day-to-day basis we rarely question it. But maybe we should.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Power of Metadata

October 23, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

The publishing industry has long been reliant on digital information to sell books in all formats. More and more, publishers are considering the tools they use to manage the publishing process. Their challenges include inefficient tools, often requiring replication of work to process what is essentially the same data for different uses.

BooksoniX is one option that offers a solution. The BooksoniX platform facilitates accurate data dissemination and provides options for creating marketing materials, managing the publication process, and feeding websites.

As representatives from practically the entire book publishing industry gathered at the Frankfurt Book Fair, earlier this month, BooksoniX and other publishing solutions, trends, and fields of business were showcased. Each year, the book fair is a good place to learn more about useful products for the publishing industry.

Melody K. Smith

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

Classifying Men?

October 22, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

I am still surprised at the variety of taxonomies I find, and I typically find them in the oddest places. The latest one came from ECNS in their article, “Male outcast taxonomy.” Though not a true taxonomy, its classification efforts are as unique as the topic.

Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy 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. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. 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.

Adding to the Data

October 22, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search

The European Training Thesaurus (ETT) is Cedefop’s controlled vocabulary used to index the VET-Bib (the Reference Library of Vocational Education and Training in Europe) bibliographic database. Cedefop is the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. This interesting news came straight from the source in their release, “Cedefop’s European Training Thesaurus – new descriptors – 2014 update.”

Over 100 new descriptor terms were added in 2014 to keep track of VET development and to assist researchers in tweaking their search strategies. Now all new descriptors of the European Training Thesaurus are sorted by microthesauri and have been fully integrated in VET-Bib database for searchability and findability.

Information being findable is the result of good indexing and comprehensive metatagging. 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 thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Classifying Similarities

October 21, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy

What do legal jurisdictions and leprechauns have in common? More than one might think. In the world of classification, words like extinct and endangered could be applied to both and many more genres. This interesting topic came from the law magazine, Slaw, in their article, “Of Unicorns and Leprechauns: Applying the Threatened Species Taxonomy to Administrative Law.”

The depth and the variety of subjects is a perfect illustration of why organizations need a content management system that accommodates multiple descriptors/keywords/subject terms/whatever from a taxonomy or thesaurus. Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy subject area. 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. Access Innovations 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.

Extensive Project Involves Über-Classification

October 21, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world’s most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens. This big data project will be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe. This interesting information came from Phys.org in their article, “Using ‘Big Data’ approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases.” The Enhanced Infectious Diseases (EID2) database has been developed by the Liverpool University Climate and Infectious Diseases of Animals (LUCINDA) team and is funded by a BBSRC Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund grant.

EID2 is using openly accessible information in a new way and thereby tracing the history of human and animal diseases to predict the effects of climate change on pathogens and in turn to produce maps showing which diseases are most likely in particular areas and to categorize the complex relationships between human and animal carriers and hosts of numerous pathogens. The project has far-reaching possibilities. It will be interesting to watch as it develops and evolves.

Melody K. Smith

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

Data Collections

October 20, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

Researchers at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Infection and Global Health are building the world’s most comprehensive database describing human and animal pathogens. This big data project will be used to prevent and tackle disease outbreaks around the globe. This interesting information came from Phys.org in their article, “Using ‘Big Data’ approach to map relationships between human and animal diseases.” The Enhanced Infectious Diseases (EID2) database has been developed by the Liverpool University Climate and Infectious Diseases of Animals (LUCINDA) team and is funded by a BBSRC Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund grant.

EID2 is using openly accessible information in a new way and thereby tracing the history of human and animal diseases to predict the effects of climate change on pathogens. The project will be using these predictions to produce maps showing which diseases are most likely in particular areas and to categorize the complex relationships between human and animal carriers and hosts of numerous pathogens. The project has far-reaching possibilities. It will be interesting to watch as it develops and evolves.

Melody K. Smith

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

Taxonomy Classification of Internet Access

October 17, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, Taxonomy, Technology

An interesting classification scheme draft was posted on October 6 by the Internet Engineering Task Force. You can view it here. The Alternative Network Deployments Taxonomy and characterization draft deals with available technologies (including alternative ones for use in developing countries) for Internet access.

The document presents a taxonomy of alternative network deployments and a set of definitions and shared characteristics. The term itself includes a set of network models that have emerged in the past twenty or so years with the aim of bringing Internet connectivity to people.

It is definitely important to choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands, whether that is on your own servers or on the Internet via the clouds. 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.

Data Everywhere

October 17, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News, storage

Data in every form, including digital and print, is growing at an exponential rate. According to the National Science Foundation, 90 percent of the data in existence today was created in the last two years. This interesting information was found on Federal News Radio in their article, “Data retention & records management.” The Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records, and initiatives such as the Open Data Policy, have begun to address this critical situation, but this is only the beginning.

In 2012, the Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records was issued. This is an unfunded mandate that targets 2019 as the year that federal agencies need to complete their transition to digital records. Some believe that the federal government has reached a critical tipping point in terms of records and information management. What options do the agencies have to position themselves for better management, governance, information access and transparency?

Melody K. Smith

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

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