Keeping Focus at KMWorld 2014

September 19, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

You may have KMWorld 2014 on your radar, but did you know that there is a specific track of workshops focused on “Trends in the Evolving Knowledge World“?

KMWorld 2014 offers a wide-ranging program especially focused to meet the needs of executives and strategic business and technology decision makers. However, the Trends in the Evolving Knowledge World track is designed to help you look at what’s coming and what’s going to be important in 2015 and beyond.

Four sessions taught by industry leading speakers include such topics as cognitive computing, the business value of storytelling, envisioning what it’ll be like to work in the future, crowdsourcing, and more.

Register today for a Conference Pass, to take advantage of these or other sessions.

Melody K. Smith

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

How to Make Content Findable

September 17, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search

Effective records management training is important to reduce errors and access/use organized information effectively. Most organizations know this, including the Bahamian government. The Ministry of the Public Service and its Public Service Centre for Human Resource Development recently held a Records Management Training Workshop in response to a mandate to train clerical officers and supervisors in records management throughout the public service. The overall objective is to provide practical exposure to senior officers and supervisors. This interesting news came from Bahamas Tribune 242 in their article, “Training Session Aims To Improve Efficiency And Reduce Errors.”

Any records management system requires a system of indexing to create findability. 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.

Tackling the Big Data

September 16, 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.

Semantics and Insects

September 16, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, semantic

The Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica has recently joined efforts with Pensoft Publishers to bring the Society’s journal, Nota Lepidopterologica, to the world of open access. The first open access issue of the journal has been published. Knowledgespeak brought this interesting news to us in their article, “Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica journal Nota Lepidopterologica goes advanced open access with Pensoft Publishers.”

Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica is the European society for the study of moths and butterflies and for the conservation of these insects and their natural habitats. The scope of the journal has not changed. It continues to publish contributions to the study of mainly Palaearctic Lepidoptera, including taxonomy, morphology and anatomy, phylogenetics, biogeography, ecology, behavior, and conservation, as well as other aspects of lepidopterology.

The new online format of the journal is semantically enriched and brings new benefits and features, including tightening up the waiting time from acceptance to publication.

Melody K. Smith

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

Access Innovations, Inc. Releases Data Harmony® Metadata Extractor Version 3.9

September 15, 2014  
Posted in Access Insights, Featured, metadata

Access Innovations, Inc. has announced that the Data Harmony Metadata Extractor is available as an extension of MAIstro™, the flagship thesaurus and indexing application in the company’s Data Harmony software line. Metadata Extractor is a managed Web-based service for revealing the hidden structure in an organization’s content, through superior data mining of publication elements, to normalize and automate document metadata tagging for the benefit of the organization.

Data Harmony Version 3.9 software achieves user-friendly integration of a taxonomy (or thesaurus) with an existing content platform or publishing pipeline. Patented indexing algorithms generate terms that describe what documents are really about, and precise keywords are attached for retrieving those content objects later, under different conditions. Among other benefits, deploying Data Harmony for subject tagging throughout a document collection creates a better search experience for users, because the results they get are closer to the point – there’s less extraneous material.

Leveraging a patented approach to text analysis for better keyword tagging is only one of the advantages to be gained from implementing the new Metadata Extractor Web service.

Quality Metadata Is Essential for Effective Content Management

To enhance the quality of metadata, this Data Harmony extension generates a complete bibliographic citation, creates an auto-summarized abstract of an article’s content, handles author parsing, and assigns subject keywords automatically. Metadata Extractor takes an unstructured or semi-structured article as input and returns an XML document with richer, more descriptive information captured in the metadata elements.

The Metadata Extractor extension identifies descriptive information in a document, distilling and normalizing it in a method far more sophisticated than merely matching keywords in text. The extension attaches this enhanced metadata to boost long-term value of the content object. It’s been shown that high quality metadata, consistently applied, reduces a common source of user frustration: not finding the appropriate document at the right time, in an oversized, disorganized file system.

Publishers Stand to Gain From Implementation

“Metadata Extractor is an essential addition to the Data Harmony software lineup for scholarly publishers, especially,” said Marjorie M. K. Hlava, President of Access Innovations, when asked to comment on its release. “Since every publication style sheet requires a targeted approach to leverage the most appropriate fields, Access Innovations provides customization supporting each new implementation. The result is a highly specialized output of accurate, consistent metadata for client documents, with subject keywords applied from their own unique vocabulary.”

M.A.I.™ Sets This Metadata Tool Apart from the Rest

“The extraction process uses element-based semantic algorithms mediated by M.A.I., the Machine Aided Indexer,” said Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations’ Production Manager. “It draws on a set of Data Harmony programs that harness natural language processing (NLP) for targeted text analysis. During configuration, elements in the document schema are specified for metadata extraction, to reflect the structure of input articles. Then, whenever someone processes an article with Metadata Extractor, M.A.I. algorithms go to work surfacing crucial pieces of information to identify that document, and that document only.”

The graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and input elements for the Metadata Extractor Web service are adjustable based on the nature of incoming data and user needs.

Data Harmony Extension Modules

Access Innovations offers an expanding selection of Web-based service extension modules that are opening up new avenues between content management platforms and the innovative Data Harmony core applications: Thesaurus Master® and M.A.I.™ (Machine Aided Indexer).

To supplement an organization’s publishing pipeline or document collection with great tools for knowledge discovery, the Data Harmony Web service extensions operate on the basis of rigorous taxonomy structures, creative data extraction methods, patented text analytics, and flexible implementation options. All Data Harmony software is designed for excellent cross-platform interoperability, offering convenient opportunities for integration in all kinds of computing environments and content management systems (CMSs).

Visit the Data Harmony Products page to explore the range of focused solutions that are presented by Data Harmony Version 3.9 extension modules.

About Access Innovations, Inc. –

www.accessinn.com, www.taxodiary.com, www.dataharmony.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.

New Descriptors Allow for More Comprehensive Searches

September 15, 2014  
Posted in 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.

New Thesaurus Edition Promises Linked Open Data

September 15, 2014  
Posted in metadata, News

The 2014 edition of the CAB Thesaurus was published this summer (July 2014) by CABI, an inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization seeking to improve people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. This interesting news came to our attention by InfoDocket in their article, “Agriculture, Life Sciences, Health: Access New Edition of CAB Thesaurus Published Online.”

The new thesaurus has been integrated into all of CABI’s publishing processes. Changes since the previous edition (September 2012) include the following:

  • All 1300 full datasheets in the Aquaculture Compendium were reviewed and missing species, diseases names, etc. were added.
  • Reptiles were completely reviewed and many species added and taxonomy corrected.
  • All plant disease common names have been standardized as used in the Crop Protection Compendium.
  • Sample data files for download were updated. The full thesaurus files are available in several formats on request.
  • The total number of terms has grown by 5.7% to 264,518. The CAB Thesaurus is available in eleven languages.

The next edition of the thesaurus is planned for early 2016. Despite the many upgrades in this latest version, many more are in the works for the next edition. Perhaps the most important of these is publishing the thesaurus as Linked Open Data.

Melody K. Smith

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

Big Big Data

September 12, 2014  
Posted in indexing, 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.

Huge Records Management Undertaking

September 12, 2014  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

Instead of the intimidating task of barcoding and physically storing almost 200 years worth of court and land transaction paperwork, a New York county administration chose to invest in a Laserfiche document processing system. In the end it is projected they will save nearly $5.5 million on document management. Fierce Content Management brought this news to us in their article, “County clerk drives down records management costs with mobile document services.”

Courtroom paperwork that used to take days to process is now done on the fly and typically available to judges and attorneys by day’s end. Closed cases are accessed instantly on laptops and mobile devices via an online portal.

Any records management system requires a system of indexing to create findability. 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.

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.

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