Breaking Down the Data Barriers

January 29, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Taxonomy

Technology continues to advance on a daily basis. What was wondrously new yesterday will seem archaic in just a few months. This “advancement” of technology has brought information to our fingertips at a faster speed than ever before and in unbelievable quantities. KMWorld brought this news to our attention in their article, “Universal, federated or unified search in the land of information silos.”

Information access and retrieval within most organizations is not a smooth process. Few organizations have one simple search system for all their data. Most have multiple options, and that number grows with the size of the organization. The challenge with this situation is not allowing the data to become entities in and of themselves – entities that create walls of division.

Ontologies and other controlled vocabularies help ensure that machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Too Many Options

January 29, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

The variety and volume of information can be overwhelming. Because of that, it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out where to find the information we want and need. This interesting topic came from eContent in their article, “Getting Taxonomies and Metadata Right.”

Between cloud systems like DropBox and your email folders (and hopefully you only have one email account), findability can be a challenge. Metadata and taxonomies are here to help. They can boost findability and make your content stand out and be found.

Taxonomies and other controlled vocabularies help ensure that machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

The M-Word

January 22, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Last year, metadata took a serious blow. Despite the value it adds to findability and comprehensive search, the fear that “big brother” was listening in on every phone call you had with your mother made the “m” word a bad word. This interesting topic came from The Hill in their article, “NSA chief: Paris-style attack ‘makes life a lot harder‘.

Perspective is key here. The tragedy of the attacks in Paris last week provides that much-needed perspective. The sadness and horror that happened illustrates an increasing challenge for intelligence officials.

We now rely on properly applied metadata to search at the speed we need to find the data we seek. However, if you don’t have the data properly indexed against a solid taxonomy to begin with, searching with speed will not get you very far.

A strong standards-based taxonomy is one with true integrity. 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.

Collaboration Improves Quality

January 21, 2015  
Posted in Autoindexing, indexing, metadata, News, search

Elsevier recently announced preparations to collaborate with the research community in developing an open-access journal covering all disciplines on one platform. The goal is to enable continual experimentation and innovation. This interesting information came to us from Research Information in their article, “Elsevier to launch all-discipline OA journal.”

Reportedly, the plans include improving the end-to-end publishing process and integrating its smart technologies to improve search and discovery. The journal will offer researchers a streamlined, simple, and intuitive publishing platform that connects their research to the relevant communities. The journal is unnamed at this point but will reflect Elsevier’s goal to “provide a home for all sound research.”

Making information 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.

Digital Assets Becoming More Important

January 20, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

It’s that time of year when we look back and forward simultaneously. Looking back at what we have accomplished while looking forward with anticipation as to what opportunities and yes, challenges, the new year will bring to each of us and the industries we work in. CMS Wire brought this information to our attention in their article, “A Sneak Peek at DAM’s Roadmap for 2015 and Beyond.”

What innovative new features and technologies will 2015 offer? One exciting area is in the world of digital asset management (DAM). This consists of management tasks and decisions surrounding the ingestion, annotation, cataloging, storage, retrieval, and distribution of digital assets. Vendors are working hard to improve the usability of their DAM systems. One specific focus is re-imagining the user interface (UI). This will make it quicker and easier for users to find and repurpose assets.

Melody K. Smith

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

 

Digital Data Drama

January 20, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, search

The increasing digitization of information combined with multiple vehicles that bring them to you and take information from you is mind boggling. Datamation brought this news 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.

Rock, Paper, Digital?

January 16, 2015  
Posted in indexing, metadata, News

As another example of digital replacing paper, the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, the first in New York state, is very close to going paperless. This interesting news came from Utica, New York’s local paper, Utica OD and their article, “DA’s Office going digital soon.”

Prosecutors soon could be bringing wireless laptop devices into court in lieu of folders and boxes of files. This will improve access and efficiency to data in real time. The DA’s Office already has been using a new records management system that allows prosecutors to quickly search a digital cache of materials for case information, including whether or not a suspect, victim, or witness has any documented connections to past cases. This next step will replace printing pages, scanning documents, and recording DVDs.

Information management for any type of business is critical. One key way to ensure success is through a solid taxonomy, based on standards, built by someone with years of experience in the field.

Melody K. Smith

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

Is it Real or is it Memorex?

January 15, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News

Sometimes life does imitate art, and vice versa. On a recent episode of the CBS Series, The Good Wife, it was part of the plot to fake metadata on an email. It is interesting that metadata has become so common to our vernacular that it is fiction television and without the typical NSA, Big Brother, Government references attached. This interesting information came from Vulture in their article, “The Good Wife Recap: With Our Apologies.”

Falsified metadata is a bigger topic than we can cover here, but it is more than smoke and mirrors. As technology continues to advance and change, and the casual users of software like Photoshop continue to create believable products, metadata might be the last thing left that can be corrupted.

Managing the metadata in a smart way can make your content findable. Information being findable is the result of good indexing and comprehensive metatagging. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content findable – making data 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.

Partner With the Best

January 15, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, Technology

Data management technologies continue to evolve and offer new possibilities. Some are outstanding at offering new features and services, and some are less than satisfactory. There are many things to consider when previewing new data management technology. This interesting news came from InfoWorld in their article, “Manage data responsibly, even if it’s big.”

One of those considerations is variation in data quality. For true findability, it is important to to index your data against a strong taxonomy in order to retrieve it when needed. Many new technologies embrace the “deal with that later” attitude, and there is no good ending in that scenario.

The article highlights a few other things to watch for, but most of all, remember to partner with those who have experience and utilize standards. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

Assessing the Value of Data

January 14, 2015  
Posted in metadata, News, ontology

Data is important, but just how important if it has no structure? After all, without structure, how can it be indexed and recovered when needed down the road? In real-world applications, there have to be patterns and structures that allow content to be findable. Ontologies, taxonomies, indexing, metadata, tags — whatever approach you use must still utilize structure. This interesting information came from DATAVERSITY, in their article, “Big Data Is Not the Death Knell of ETL.”

Structure is the contextual matrix within which the data’s value is realized. Structure is either built into the data from its inception or added to it subsequently. Ontologies and other controlled vocabularies help ensure that machine-assisted or fully automated indexing is comprehensive, regardless of what you are indexing. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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

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