Forward Thinking Technology

May 22, 2015  
Posted in News, semantic, Technology

Tom Simonite recently shared this in the MIT Technology Review: “Many of the devices around us may soon acquire powerful new abilities to understand images and video, thanks to hardware designed for the machine-learning technique called deep learning. Companies like Google have made breakthroughs in image and face recognition through deep learning, using giant data sets and powerful computers…hardware is coming that will bring the technique to phones, cars, and more.” This interesting topic came from DATAVERSITY in their article, “Your Gadgets May Be Able to “See” with Deep Learning Very Soon.”

There are some obvious benefits to this technological advancement. Visual intelligence can be added to many kinds of devices, from phones to cheap security cameras. That might lead to novel kinds of camera or photo apps. The technology could also enhance car, traffic, and surveillance cameras.

Change can be fun, despite our stubborn human inclination to resist it.

Melody K. Smith

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

Search Expands

May 22, 2015  
Posted in News, search

Google search has made it possible to look for information not just based on text, but also including websites, images, videos, books, locations, etc., using the same Google search engine. Not everyone may find this information useful, but for those who work with images, graphics, and copyright infringements, it is a huge help. We found this news at Press and Update in their article, “How to Make Google Searches Using Images.

Google search has evolved over the years. When compared to the earlier versions and options, this application has grown exponentially. Google has been evolving with every step of technological change, and keeping up with the times has helped this search engine stay ahead.

The critical part of any data search, regardless of type, is being able to find the content you are looking for with ease and speed. A standards-based taxonomy provides clear and concise order to your data, which enables comprehensive search results. Standards are key to a solid taxonomy and comprehensive indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Semantic Service

May 22, 2015  
Posted in News, semantic

Service oriented architecture (SOA) is a design approach based on distinct pieces of software providing application functionality as services to other applications via a protocol. It operates independently of any vendor, product, or technology. This interesting topic came from DATAVERSITY in their blog post, “Semantic SOA makes Sense!”

Service catalogs strive to make management easier, but how do application developers identify the right service at design time and maintain connectivity as it changes or substitute it with a more appropriate service? When semantics are involved, it doesn’t change what you are integrating; it changes how you integrate. Semantic SOA makes sense. Global competition is increasing and innovation cycles are accelerating. Business agility is required, not merely coveted.

Semantic technology continues to grow and expand its uses. SOA is just one of those. Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system, specializes in complex coding, tagging, and indexing.

Melody K. Smith

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

Keeping Up With the Times

May 21, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Automation has been the key word to progress for generations, starting with Henry Ford as he cranked out the first “horseless carriage” in Detroit. The goal has involved assembly lines and machination doing what humans can do, but with much more precision and speed. It is no different in the world of technology. What used to be awe-inspiring now takes too long for our limited attention spans. We want more, and we want it yesterday. This interesting perspective came from Satnews in their article, “Expectations By Berg Insight Is For Wireless IoT Devices To Reach 43.5 Million By 2020.”

There is a wide range of wireless technologies used in industrial automation with different characteristics and use cases. It is predicted that the number of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 percent to reach 43.5 million by 2020.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are the most widespread technologies in factory automation, while cellular connectivity typically is used for remote monitoring and backhaul communication between plants.

Change is inevitable, and technology is not an exception, but often the leader.

Melody K. Smith

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

Providing Access to Those Who Need It Most

May 21, 2015  
Posted in News, reference

INASP is a registered UK charity that works to support global research communication through innovation, networking and capacity strengthening, focusing on the needs of developing and emerging countries. They work with publishers to enable affordable and sustainable access to online resources to developing countries and with national library consortia or equivalent to help them meet the information needs of researchers. This interesting information came to us from Information Today Europe in their article, “INASP: publishers must engage responsibly with developing-world libraries.”

Affordable access to research is still a major challenge. INASP works with library consortia or other national bodies to ensure that researchers and students have the journals and books they need. I, for one, am inspired by the efforts to strengthen research and higher education systems across Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Melody K. Smith

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

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.

Platform Considerations

May 20, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Mark your calendars for another educational opportunity brought to you by the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). The Platforms that Perform: Taking Your Content to the Next Level educational workshop is scheduled for June 18, 2015 in Washington D.C. It will feature a distinguished group of speakers who will discuss their experiences and lessons learned in evaluating and implementing new content platforms within their organizations.

This event’s overall theme centers on key strategies publishers, government agencies and scholarly societies should set to optimize the selection, adoption, and migration of new platforms. This is an interesting and deep subject and should given the consideration it deserves.

Your platform is the front door to your content. The research you make available to your users is paramount to your mission and viability. With new platform innovations and user expectations changing daily, it is a challenge to figure out when and how to implement a transition to a new or upgraded platform.

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.

Digital Health

May 20, 2015  
Posted in News, Technology

Wearable data devices are advancing more and more effectively with each passing day. Newer devices no longer just count steps more accurately than ever, they monitor heart rates and sleep efficiency, and can also nag you about your diet. Some devices are even adding other capabilities, like the ability to send tweets, read messages, and make purchases. DATAVERSITY brought this news to our attention in their article, “Big Data Insights from Wearable Tech.”

The data collected by these wearable devices reveals a lot of information about the users, and, as you can imagine, companies want their hands on that information. The possibilities are endless in the user-specific marketing world, once data has been acquired on personal fitness trends and ways people like to exercise.

Data is key to making these connections. Managing that data in a way it is useable and findable is important.

Melody K. Smith

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

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.

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