Making the Unique Content Findable

May 27, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, search

Organizations continue to spend an increasing amount of financial, technological, and human resources on production of videos and multi-media. But what is the shelf life on these videos? This interesting topic came from AV Network in their article, “Smarter Searching & Managing Metadata to Optimize ROI.”

Put those video libraries to good use. Presentations can be revitalized with multimedia, whether it is for training, marketing, sales, or internal communications. The biggest challenge is making the resources findable.

To enhance the traditional keyword search, some video management platform developers are offering features that enable users to search based on speech—what is actually being said in the video—to narrow their search time.

Whatever you are searching for, it is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. It isn’t a cookie cutter process. 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 Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.

Watch Out for Karma

May 27, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, ontology

Karma is a free, open source data integration tool that makes it easier to convert data from a variety of formats into linked data. Appropriately, this information came from Open Source in their article, “Open source data integration with Karma.”

Karma is a web-based tool that runs both the server and browser right on your machine. Users load the ontologies for their application and data samples of each of the data files to be converted into Karma. Being open source is a plus for this tool. What is more collaborative than open source? Having a strategy that focuses on the problems people want to solve or the capabilities they want to support, and allowing experimental approaches can result in dynamic results.

Melody K. Smith

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

Bringing the Past to the Future

May 26, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News, search

Going digital has many meanings, depending on the genre of data and on the type of business involved. For the Library of Congress, this is a pretty big deal. NPR brought this very interesting news to us in their article, “A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age.”

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest cultural institution, established in 1800, and the largest library in the world. It maintains some 160 million items. It has put a quarter of those items online and for some, that isn’t enough.

Preserving is a challenge when technology changes faster than you can keep up. Added to that, Congress has cut the library’s budget by 8 percent over the past five years.

With any digital archiving 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. 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.

The Face of Metadata

May 26, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The United States is a nation governed by laws, not by men. Those laws are passed by representatives of the people. My point isn’t to give you a high school government class refresher, but it is important to remember that laws cannot be ignored, regardless of who is involved. There is no doubt that whatever Congress decides to do, the public must be involved in the debate. Metadata is not the enemy.

Melody K. Smith

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

Webinar on Digital Preservation

May 25, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata is the international standard for metadata to support the preservation of digital objects and ensure their long-term usability. This is developed by an international team of experts and implemented in digital preservation projects around the world.

Dublin Core is sponsoring a webinar to give a brief overview over why digital preservation metadata is needed. The webinar is titled, “Digital Preservation Metadata and Improvements to PREMIS in Version 3.0” and is scheduled for May 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Examples of digital preservation metadata will show how PREMIS can be used to capture this metadata and illustrate some of the changes that will be available later this year. The PREMIS Data Dictionary is currently in version 2.2. A new major release 3.0 is due out this summer.

The presenter is Dr. Angela Dappert, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. She has widely researched and published on digital preservation.

Melody K. Smith

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

Making Data Available

May 21, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, search

A new report by the IBM Center for The Business of Government has looked at cities that have used innovation and technology to improve city services. Through a variety of methods, cities are leveraging information technology (IT) for better management, citizen engagement, and service. This interesting information came to our attention from GCN in their article, “4 tactics cities use for better management.”

One of the common denominators in these success stories is the data, and, more specifically, how it is available. Many cities are making data more accessible through open data initiatives, in which government agencies release electronic versions of documents or machine-readable data in one central location. With taxonomies, thesauri, and visualization tools being used to organize the data, open data can be searched with ease and comprehensive results.

It is refreshing and inspiring to see folks being creative about how the technology advancements of today will work for the betterment of our society in the future.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Darker Side of Words

May 20, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, reference

I am a word person. I think you know that about me already. I like origins of words, different meanings, and especially the emotions that are tied with particular words. Some interesting information along those lines recently came from Quartz in their article, “Dictionary.com’s newest words reveal our fascination with the internet’s dark side.

Dictionary.com recently announced the newest words to be added to its annals. Changes and additions to the digital dictionary are made through a multi-layered process that takes into account each new term’s newsworthiness, frequency of use, and related online searches.

The latest additions seem to reveal a growing apprehension of dangers lurking. For example, 

  • blackhat: a hacker who violates the security of a system for personal profit or for the gratification of causing damage.
  • cybercrime: criminal activity or a crime that involves the Internet, a computer system, or computer technology.
  • dark web: the portion of the Internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser.
  • dox: to publish the private personal information of another person without their consent.

Then there are those that identify social characteristics, such as slacktivism: actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk.

Melody K. Smith

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

Metadata Increases Specificity

May 19, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

West Point Underwriters has chosen some new technology to manage metadata to address the specific needs of the insurance selling process. KMWorld brought this news to our attention in their article, “Addressing the challenges of metadata.”

Concept Searching’s conceptClassifier for SharePoint and conceptTaxonomyWorkflow are the catalyst of Web technologies designed to help reduce unnecessary costs and increase efficiency. Concept Searching reports that the taxonomy component gives users an easy-to-use set of tools to develop an enterprise metadata framework. This is specially designed for subject matter experts and will improve search results.

Having a defined taxonomy can help promote collaboration and connections. The taxonomy is a hierarchical view of a controlled vocabulary or a list of terms in their preferred form. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies. By focusing on making information findable, we produce knowledge organization that works.

Melody K. Smith

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

Governing and Finding Data

May 19, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Information governance is a term becoming more familiar and frequent with each passing day. Few will argue the point that new sources of information and methods of disseminating that information are growing exponentially. The need to manage that ballooning information flow grows on a parallel track, whether we like it or not. This is where information governance can help get a handle on managing that information growth. The Sentinel Record out of Hot Springs brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Arkansas Records Management: explains information governance.”

Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information, specifically by implementing processes, roles, controls and metrics that treat information as a valuable business asset. Information governance goes beyond retention and disposition to include privacy, access controls, and other compliance issues. Information governance includes consideration of how data is held and controlled. Additionally, metadata often accompanies electronically stored data and can be of great value to the enterprise if stored and managed correctly.

All records management systems need 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.

Smart Management of Smart Data

May 19, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The growth of data has taken many by surprise and has impacted how we manage and govern data. We have been seeing 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.

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